Health Policy Research Scholars

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $120,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 14, 2019 12:00pm PDT

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Scholarship, Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 2 years of starting their degree

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Overview:

Health Policy Research Scholars is a national leadership development program for second-year doctoral students in any academic discipline who want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities.

But don’t get hung up on our name, because we’re not just looking for students who do health policy research. We’re looking for any student whose research has the potential to impact health and well-being—the economics PhD student examining how the marketplace drives decisions that create barriers to good health. The engineering PhD student studying systems that better support wellness. The agriculture PhD student who pursues research while keeping an eye on how it impacts long-term health. The goal of the program is to train doctoral students to use their discipline-based research training to advance health equity to build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone to live longer, healthier lives.

We need far greater diversity in future generations of researchers and policymakers. With more voices in the conversation, policies and solutions can be more inclusive and relevant to a broader range of communities. That’s why we intentionally designed Health Policy Research Scholars for 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.

Our scholars gain access to the tools, insights and diversity of mentors needed to accelerate and distinguish their research. And because we know that pursuing a graduate degree is intense and time-consuming in and of itself, we provide an annual stipend to give our scholars added research funds, or simply greater financial stability.

Alumni from this program carry the unique distinction of being a graduate of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program and become a part of tightly knit network of visionary change agents across sectors and disciplines.

About 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. For this year’s cohort, we’re looking for even broader representation from any research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.

The Result: Leaders are Equipped to Build a Culture of Health in America

Upon completion, scholars will be equipped to:

  • Lead and collaborate across sectors, professions, and disciplines.
  • Engage and develop policy relevant research that supports community-led action.
  • Apply research to influence policy related to population health, health equity, and social determinants of health.
  • Frame systemic issues and build policy solutions.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the root causes of inequity, Culture of Health, research, and other concepts.

The Experience: Health Policy Research Scholars

Over the course of the program, scholars will:

  • Receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. They may continue in the program, without the annual stipend, during the fifth year or until completion of their doctoral program, whichever occurs first.
  • Receive training in health policy translation, dissemination, communication, health equity, and population health.
  • Develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum, including in-person leadership sessions as well as distance-based learning using interactive technology.
  • Continue working from their home institution and applying new learnings in real time.
  • Receive dissertation support and mentoring.
  • Establish and strengthen professional ties to public health and industry leaders.
  • Be eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Health Policy Research Scholars program is open to full-time, second-year (as of September 2018) doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, from any research-focused discipline.
  • Eligible second-year students must have at least three years remaining in their doctoral program, and must not be expecting to graduate before September 1, 2021. Students must be interested in learning to apply their discipline-based research to affect health policy research.
  • Prior experience or knowledge in health policy is not required or expected.
  • Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to:
    • first-generation college graduates;
    • individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds;
    • individuals from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in doctoral programs; and
    • individuals with disabilities.

Ineligibility:

  • Health Policy Research Scholars is not intended for students pursuing a clinical doctorate without a research focus.
    • Rather, the program is designed for doctoral students from any academic discipline (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) in a research-focused program.