From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
Applications are currently open for Health Policy Research Scholars, a national leadership program for doctoral students from historically underrepresented populations who want to hone their leadership skills and apply their research to shape policies that improve health and advance equity.
If you haven’t already, get started on your application today. Applications close March 11, 2020, at 3 p.m. ET. Be sure to give the two people providing your letters of reference ample time to write and submit them!
If you have questions about any technical aspects of the application process, download this tip sheet. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to help you as you work through or finish your application.
To learn more, watch our recent applicant webinar. If you have questions that are not addressed on our website, in the FAQs below, or in the webinar, please email or call us.
Please note that we have updated our eligibility criteria: Applicants must have at least three (3) academic years remaining in their doctoral program and do not expect to graduate before Spring/Summer 2023.
Q: I’m a second-year doctoral student in the 2019-2020 school year. Am I still eligible to apply in 2020?
A: Yes. For the 2020 application year, we will be accepting students who will be starting either their second or third year in Fall 2020.
Q: Can I apply if I am an international student or if I am attending a university outside of the U.S.?
A: No, only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application are eligible to apply. Changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms. Additionally, home institutions must be based in the United States or its territories for their students to be eligible.
Q: What does “underrepresented” mean?
A: It means students from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines. Examples of eligible individuals include but are not limited to: first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities. Applicants who feel that their situation fits are encouraged to apply and explain why they believe they are eligible.
Q: Can policy and public health students apply?
A: Yes, but note that this program is designed for students who do not have a policy or public health background, and that some of the training and activities will be redundant to activities in your doctoral program. The program also will limit the number of public health and policy students accepted into each cohort.
Q: What is required of me?
A: All students are required to participate in and complete online activities during the academic year and attend all in-person activities in the summer, fall, and winter.
Q: How should I choose my Home Institution Mentor?
A: Many applicants select their doctoral advisors as their Home Institution Mentors. Your Home Institution Mentor must be a faculty member at your home institution and be able to support you throughout the HPRS program. Home Institution Mentors will participate in periodic calls and webinars and support your successful participation in the HPRS program. Your Home Institution Mentor must also submit one of your letters of reference as part of your HPRS application. Your Home Institution Mentor does not need to have a background in health policy or public health.
Q: I don’t meet one of the eligibility criteria. Should I still apply?
A: No, our eligibility criteria must be complied with in full. Applications that do not meet all eligibility criteria will be screened out and not sent for further review.