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

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This fellowship is open for application until 1 November 2022.

  • The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Health Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research, invites mid-career professionals – 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 2023–24 Harkness Fellowships are now open for applications for individuals from the UK. Deadline for applications is 1 November 2022.

The Harkness Fellowships were established by The Commonwealth Fund in 1925 and were modelled after the Rhodes Scholarships. They 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

Harkness Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading US experts based at organisations such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Duke University, Harvard University, Kaiser Permanente, RAND Corporation, and Stanford University, to study issues relevant to The Commonwealth Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system. This includes insurance coverage, access and affordability, health care delivery system reforms, cost containment, and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the US and their home countries. 

Fellows are expected to publish the results of their research. Products may include a peer-reviewed journal article or report for a high-level policy audience, as well as issue briefs, op-eds and blog posts. Depending on the nature of the project, other products more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation also may be 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.  

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 US. 

The fellowship award provides dedicated research funding and a generous living stipend, including round-trip airfare, a fixed monthly stipend for living expenses, health insurance coverage, and payment of US federal and state withholding taxes. An additional family supplement is provided to fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children under the age of 18. Exact terms of the award may vary by country. 

How to apply

Harkness Fellowships are designed for mid-career 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. 

The 2023–24 Harkness Fellowships is now open for applications and the deadline is 1 November 2022. To access the application, go to the Harkness Fellowship Portal account.

To find out more about the Harkness Fellowships, visit The Commonwealth Fund’s website

UK Harkness Fellows

Rebecca Fisher

Rebecca Fisher is a 2022–23 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson is a 2021–22 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Andres Roman-Urrestarazu

Andres Roman-Urrestarazu is a 2021–22 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Emily Hough

Emily Hough is a 2021–22 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Matilda Allen

Matilda Allen is a 2021–22 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. 

Emmert Roberts

Emmert Roberts is a 2022–23 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. 

Aoife McDermott

Aoife McDermott is a 2022–23 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Zainab Garba-Sani

Zainab Garba-Sani is a 2022–23 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Fredrika Scarth

Fredrika Scarth is a 2019–20 Canadian Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Véronique Raimond

Véronique is a 2019–20 French Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

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