2019 Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice ( U.S. $130,000 in support)

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Application Deadline:

September 4, 2018: Australia and New Zealand

November 12, 2018: Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom

The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice provide a unique opportunity for mid-career health services researchers and practitioners from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom to spend up to 12 months in the United States, conducting original research and working with leading U.S. health policy experts.

A rich program of seminars organized by the Fund throughout the year further enhances the fellowship experience (described in the Fellowship Seminars section.) Fellows can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. health care system and policy challenges, enhance their methodological skills, and develop valuable contacts and opportunities for ongoing cross-national exchange and collaboration.

Building on their fellowship experiences, Harkness Fellows have moved into prominent positions within academia, government, and health care delivery organizations, making valuable contributions to health policy and practice at home and in the United States. Harkness Fellows also become part of a strong international network of health policy researchers and practitioners, developing important contacts for ongoing international exchange and collaboration.


  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in health policy issues and submit a formal application that includes a research proposal which falls within the scope of The Commonwealth Fund’s goals to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.


  • Each fellowship provides up to U.S. $130,000 in support (which covers roundtrip airfare to the United States, a living allowance, funds for project-related travel, research, conferences, travel to attend The Commonwealth Fund program of fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes) for terms up to 12 months, with a minimum stay of ten months in the United States required. Individually tailored, the fellowships allow flexibility to accommodate professional commitments and personal circumstances.
  • A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report is the anticipated product of each project.

Once selected, the Commonwealth Fund will assist Fellows in developing and shaping their research proposals. The Fund will introduce Fellows to U.S. policy experts, with whom they will be encouraged to discuss their projects to gain further feedback. Through its extensive network of contacts, the Fund will help identify and place Fellows with mentors who are experts in the policy areas to be studied. In the United States, the Fund will place each Fellow with a mentor who is based at a university, think tank, health care organization, or government agency. Mentors supervise Fellows’ research, provide technical expertise and guidance, and facilitate access to data, colleagues, and organizations.

The 2019-20 Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy and Practice will arrive in the United States from August to September 2019. During their stay in the United States, Fellows identify and collect data, conduct site visits or interviews, and meet with experts, as they undertake a substantive research study addressing critical issues of policy and practice related to the U.S. and their home country.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

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