2017-18 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Call for Applications

The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia and New Zealand to apply for a unique opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. Established by The Commonwealth Fund in 1925, the Harkness Fellowships were modeled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries.


Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts at organizations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to study issues relevant to The Commonwealth Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system—insurance coverage, access, and affordability; health care delivery system reforms (e.g., bundled payments, accountable care organizations, innovative approaches to care for high-need/high-cost patients); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries. A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in top-tier journals, including: BMJ, Health Affairs, and New England Journal of Medicine.


The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of fellows—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom—throughout the year to participate in a series of high-level policy briefings and leadership seminars with U.S. health care leaders. Building on their fellowship experiences, Harkness Fellows have moved into senior positions within academia, government, and health care delivery organizations, making valuable contributions to health policy and practice at home and in the United States.


Each fellowship will provide up to U.S. $130,000 in support, which covers roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. A family supplement (i.e., approximately $60,000 for a partner and two children up to age 18) is also provided to cover airfare, living allowance, and health insurance.


September 6, 2016 is the deadline for receipt of applications from Australia and New Zealand.


Visit http://www.commonwealthfund.org/grants-and-fellowships/fellowships/harkness-fellowships for more details and to apply.


Please feel free to contact Robin Osborn (Director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice) at ro@cmwf.org, Toni Ashton (Professor of Health Economics, University of Auckland) at toni.ashton@auckland.ac.nz, or Jane Hall (Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney) at jane.hall@chere.uts.edu.au with any additional questions about eligibility, the project, or the application.


The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation, established in 1918 and based in New York, which aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable.