Review and Selection Criteria/Timetable

Candidates are selected based on their qualifications and leadership potential; their commitment to improving health care through research and practice; the quality of their research proposal; the relevance of their proposed research to health policy in Australia and the United States; and the strength of their supporting letters.

Applications are reviewed by a screening committee. A limited number of applicants are then shortlisted and invited for interviews with the  fellowships selection committee. Travel expenses to Washington, D.C., for applicants will be reimbursed by The Commonwealth Fund.

The Fund does not provide critiques of applications that are declined.

Approval of all fellowship awards is contingent upon: meeting normal Australian immigration and visa requirements; possession of a valid U.S. passport and Australian academic visa; a satisfactory medical examination; and agreement with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing on the starting date, length of tenure, mentor and placement, and the fellowship project to be undertaken.

While on tenure, fellows may not perform services for an employer for whom they are on paid or unpaid leave of absence.

As a condition of the fellowship appointment, fellows must agree not to seek permanent appointment or residence in Australia for at least two years following their fellowship.



October 2, 2015
Deadline for receipt of applications
November 15, 2015 Notification of short listing for interviews
December 9, 2015 Selection of 2016-17 Fellow
July 1, 2016 Starting date for 2016-17 Fellowship

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