Invitation to Nominate: 2020-21 UK Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Health Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research, is pleased to invite you to nominate a candidate for the 2020-21 UK Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice. Established 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.

While all interested applicants are welcome to apply, we encourage nominations and appreciate your taking the time to identify potential applicants for this prestigious Fellowship program.

Please complete and email the nomination information below to Robin Osborn, director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, as soon as possible, and application materials will be emailed directly to your nominee.

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About the Fellowship

The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom—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.

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading US experts at organizations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, 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, new primary care models for low income patients); addressing social determinants to improve health and care for vulnerable populations; cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the US 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. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in top-tier journals, including: BMJ, Health Affairs, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Other products, more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation, are also encouraged.

The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of fellows throughout the year to participate in a series of high level policy briefings and leadership seminars with US health care leaders.

“The Harkness Fellowship offered an immersive experience in US healthcare policy that broadened my horizons, deepened my skills and bridged countless new relationships. Coming from a government background, spending a year at a globally renowned research centre at Harvard was daunting at first — but with the generosity and kindness of my mentors, research collaborators, colleagues, Commonwealth Fund staff and other Fellows I made a distinctive contribution, had a lot of fun, and am now embedded in networks that continue to offer encouragement, advice and inspiration. I cannot recommend the Harkness Fellowship highly enough.” 
– Daniel Northam Jones (2015-16 Harkness Fellow), Director of Strategy, Cambridge University Hospitals

Each fellowship provides up to US$130,000 in support, which covers round trip airfare to the US, living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and US 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 equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The deadline for receipt of applications from the United Kingdom is November 11, 2019.

Learn more about the Fellowship

Please feel free to contact Robin Osborn, Director, Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice with any additional questions about eligibility, the project, or the application process.