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    2020-21 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice – Call for Applications and Webinar


    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 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 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, better models of primary care for vulnerable populations); 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 the Medical Journal of Australia. Other products, more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation, are also encouraged.


    Each fellowship provides 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. $60,000 for partner and two children up to age 18) is also provided to cover airfare, living allowance, and health insurance.


    The Commonwealth Fund values diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


    September 6, 2019 is the deadline for receipt of applications from Australia.


    For Further Information

    Visit:                www.harknessfellowships.org


    Join us:             July 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m./11:00 a.m. (AEST/NZST) for an informational webinar featuring Fellowship Director Robin Osborn and Australian Harkness Fellow Adam Elshaug. Register here.


    Contact :           Robin Osborn (Director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice)

    at ro@cmwf.org or Jane Hall (Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation,

    University of Technology, Sydney) at jane.hall@chere.uts.edu.au



    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.

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