The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for individuals who are committed to advancing health care policy and practice to spend a year in the United States conducting internationally comparative research with mentorship from leading U.S. experts.
Alongside their research, Fellows engage in a series of leadership development activities, gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. health care system and policy landscape, and build a robust network for cross-national exchange and collaboration. The program is open to eligible individuals from the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
The fellowship award provides:
- Dedicated research funding and a monthly living stipend (approximately USD6,700)
- Plus round-trip airfare
- Support for relocation health insurance coverage
- And payment of U.S. federal and state withholding taxes.
- An additional family supplement is provided to Fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children under age 18.
Fellows are encouraged to seek salary support from their home-country employer, particularly if they are coming from a for-profit organization. In some cases, Fellows may opt to arrange paid leave from their home institution (in lieu of receiving the monthly living stipend) to maintain their current income. If partial salary support is provided by a Fellow’s home institution, it will be supplemented by the Commonwealth Fund to meet the amount of the monthly living stipend.
- The fellowships is designed for midcareer professionals who are committed to advancing health policy and practice in the Commonwealth Fund’s principal areas of interest: improving health insurance coverage, access to care, the quality and efficiency of care delivery, and advancing health equity.
- Must be established residents of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, or the United Kingdom and eligible to receive a J1 Research Scholar Visa. In addition, applicants must be committed to continuing their career in the country from which they are applying.
- Must show significant promise as a policy-oriented health care leader. Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds: government/policy, health services research, clinical practice, health care management, and journalism, among others.
- Must have a demonstrated expertise in health policy issues and a track record of informing health policy through research, policy analysis, care delivery, or clinical leadership.
- Must propose a research project that is relevant to both the U.S. and their home country and is focused on creating policy or system-level change.
- Must have the relevant education and work experience to carry out the proposed research and take full advantage of the fellowship experience.
- People from historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in health policy and health care delivery are strongly encouraged to apply.
All applicants are urged to submit the following applications;
- Statement of professional objectives;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Preliminary proposal (up to five pages, exclusive of references) for a policy-oriented research project that fits within the Commonwealth Fund’s principal areas of interest;
- One (1) letter of reference from the applicant’s department chair or institutional director (more than one applicant may apply from the same institution);
- Three (3) additional letters of reference from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s past work and the potential contribution of their proposed research project;
- Three (3) examples of work products, such as journal articles, reports, or other pieces of writing (if submitting unpublished products, please add a description of the piece/its purpose).