Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice Modelled after the Rhodes Scholarships, the Harkness Fellowships aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries
- The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Health Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research, invites mid-career professionals from the UK – government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists – to apply for its Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice.
- This is a unique opportunity to spend 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
- The Harkness Fellowship 2020/21 is now open for applications until 11 November 2019.
The Harkness Fellowships were established by The Commonwealth Fund in 1925. The Harkness Fellowships were modelled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries.
In the UK, the Harkness Fellowships have been supported by the National Institute for Health Research since 2010 and the Health Foundation since 2016.
About the Fellowship
Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts at organisations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to study issues relevant to The Commonwealth Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system, including insurance coverage, access, and affordability; health care delivery system reforms (eg bundled payments, accountable care organisations, innovative approaches to care for high-need/high-cost patients); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries.
A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in top-tier journals, including: BMJ, Health Affairs, and New England Journal of Medicine.
The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of fellows—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the UK — throughout the year to participate in a series of high-level policy briefings and leadership seminars with U.S. health care leaders. Building on their fellowship experiences, Harkness Fellows have moved into senior positions within academia, government, and health care delivery organisations, making valuable contributions to health policy and practice at home and in the United States.
Each fellowship will provide up to U.S. $130,000 in support, with an additional family supplement (up to $60,000 for a partner and two children up to age 18).
How to apply
To find out more about the Harkness Fellowships and how to apply, visit The Commonwealth Fund’s website.
UK Harkness Fellows
- Stephen Dunn (2003/04)
- Claire Lemer (2004/05)
- Dominic Ford (2004/05)
- Derek Feeley (2005/06)
- James Mountford (2005/06)
- Robbie Foy (2006/07)
- Anatole Menon-Johansson (2006/07)
- Richard Gleave (2007/08)
- Ruth Thorlby (2008/09)
- Rachel Lewis (2008/09)
- Partha Das (2016/17)
- Alice Murray (2016/17)
- Christina Pagel (2016/17)
- Saira Ghafur (2016/17)
- Hugh Alderwick (2017/18)
- Adam Briggs (2017/18)
- Sarah Huf (2017/18)
- William Wynn-Jones (2017/18)
- Huseyin Naci (2018/19)
- Mary Docherty (2018/19)
- Prakash Jayakumar (2018/19)
Prakash is a Harkness Fellow, and Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar and Honorary Departmental Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Universit...
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