Health Policy Research Scholars


Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a culture of health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The Health Policy Research Scholars Program includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology, architecture, transportation, sociology, social welfare, environmental health and many others.


This fellowship is developing a new national program center for Health Policy Research Scholars, which will oversee all aspects of the program. As this transition is made a cohort will not be recruited in 2019.

Applications re-open in 2020. In 2020, we will accept up to 60 rising second- and third-year doctoral students. That means if you will be a second-year student in the 2019-20 school year and were planning to apply in 2019, you will still be eligible to apply in 2020. If you will be a second-year doctoral student in the 2020-21, you will also be eligible to apply in 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time doctoral students who are entering second-year of their program.
  • From underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a culture of health.
  • Interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application are eligible to apply

How to Apply

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart