Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice 2023-2024 (Funded)


Deadline: November 1, 2022

Applications are open for the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice 2023-2024. The Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for individuals committed to advancing health care policy and practice to spend a year in the United States conducting international comparative research with mentorship from leading American experts .

Along with their research, fellows engage in a series of leadership development activities, gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. health care system and political landscape, and build a strong network for transnational exchange and collaboration. The program is open to eligible individuals from the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and United Kingdom.


  • The scholarship award offers:
    • Dedicated research funding and monthly living allowance (approximately US$6,700)
    • Plus round-trip airfare
    • Support for moving health insurance coverage
    • And the payment of US federal and state withholding taxes.
  • An additional family supplement is provided for scholarship recipients accompanied by a partner and/or children under 18. The exact terms of the scholarship may vary by country.

Fellows are encouraged to seek salary support from their employer in their home country, particularly if they are from a for-profit organization. In some cases, scholars may choose to arrange paid leave from their home institution (instead of receiving the monthly living allowance) to maintain their current income. If partial salary support is provided by a scholar’s home institution, it will be supplemented by the Commonwealth Fund to cover the amount of the monthly living allowance.


The Harkness Fellowships are designed for mid-career professionals who are committed to advancing health policy and practice in the Commonwealth Fund’s core areas of focus: improving health insurance coverage, access to care, quality and efficiency of care delivery and advancing health equity.

All applicants must:

  • Be residents of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore or the United Kingdom and eligible to receive a J1 researcher visa. In addition, applicants must be committed to pursuing their career in the country from which they are applying.
  • Show significant promise as a policy-driven healthcare leader. Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds: government/politics, health services research, clinical practice, health care management, and journalism, among others.
  • Have demonstrated expertise in health policy issues and experience providing health policy information through research, policy analysis, care delivery or clinical leadership.
  • Propose a research project that is relevant to both the United States and its home country and focused on creating change at the policy or system level.
  • Have the relevant education and work experience to carry out the proposed research and fully benefit from the fellowship experience.

Individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in health policy and health care delivery are strongly encouraged to apply.


All applicants must complete an online application, including:

  • Statement of professional objectives;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Preliminary proposal (up to five pages, excluding references) for a policy-oriented research project that fits within the Main areas of interest of the Commonwealth Fund;
  • One (1) letter of reference from the head of the department or the head of the applicant’s institution (multiple applicants may apply from the same institution);
  • Three (3) additional letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s previous work and the potential contribution of their proposed research project;
  • Three (3) examples of work products, such as journal articles, reports, or other writings (if submitting unpublished products, please add a description of the article/its purpose).

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For more information, visit Harkness Scholarships.


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