2023/2024 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship (up to $165,000)

Last Updated on September 17, 2022

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows programme provides a comprehensive learning experience at the intersection of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C.

It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health equity, healthcare, and health policy.

Fellowship Details

The fellowship requires a full-time commitment with a minimum 12-month residence in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health and healthcare in the nation.

The fellowship begins in September with an intensive three-and-a-half-month orientation arranged by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), during which time the fellows meet with national leaders well versed in health and healthcare; think tanks and interest groups; key executive branch officials; and members of Congress and their staff. Fellows also participate in seminars on health economics; the congressional budget process; current priority issues in federal health policy; and the process for federal decision-making. The concentrated orientation is designed to prepare the fellows for immediate success in federal legislative and executive branch positions.


  • Up to six awards of up to $165,000 each will be made in 2023.
  • During the first 12 months of the fellowship, a stipend of up to $104,000 (not to exceed the fellow’s salary prior to entering the programme) in fellowship funds may be requested.


  • Open to exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties; government (including military; federal departments and agencies, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; and state offices who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code);
  • Applicants must have earned an advanced degree in one of the following disciplines: medicine; nursing; public health; allied health professions; biomedical sciences; dentistry; economics or other social sciences; health services organization and administration; social and behavioral health; or law.
  • Applicants whose official job description or responsibilities are primarily government relations or advocacy are not eligible to apply.
  • Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Because the RWJF Health Policy Fellows are placed in assignments in the federal government, changes in federal policy or law concerning U.S. immigration may necessitate that RWJF consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms, as well as placements in the programme.
  • Additionally, individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.


The deadline for application is November 7, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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For more information, visit RWJF Health Policy Fellowship.

Deadline: November 7, 2022

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