2020-21 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Call for Applications extended!

The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the co-sponsorship of the Australian Government and state and territory governments in the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, bringing to the program an invaluable policy perspective and commitment to a high performing health care system that will further enrich the experience of Fellows and their impact upon returning home.

The Commonwealth Fund and the Australian governments encourage 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 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, as part of a class of Fellows drawn from Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

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 within the scope of the Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system ─ insurance coverage, access, and affordability; health care delivery system reforms (e.g. value-based payment models, innovative approaches to caring 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. Products of the fellowship may include a peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences, as well as Issue Briefs, Op-Eds, and Blogs. Other products, more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation, are also encouraged.

Applications for the 2020-21 Australian Harkness Fellowship must relate to one of the eight priority policy themes jointly agreed upon by the Australian Government and state and territory governments. In order to apply, applicants will need a letter of support from an Australian Government, or state / territory government official endorsing the proposed project. Please see the Harkness Fellowship website for a list of priority policy themes and contact information for participating government officials (https://www.commonwealthfund.org/apply-harkness-fellowship).

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

October 28, 2019 is the deadline for receipt of applications from Australia.

For further information and to apply visit: www.harknessfellowships.org

For questions about the program, project or eligibility, contact: Robin Osborn, Senior Adviser, International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations (ro@cmwf.org)