Fellowship Partners

U.K. Harkness Fellowships

The U.K. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and The Health Foundation both partner with The Commonwealth Fund to provide support for the four U.K. Harkness fellowships. The NIHR program, which funds research on service design and delivery challenges, aims to engage NHS managers with research. The Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the U.K., particularly aims to engage policymakers with research and international learning. The Fund is grateful to the Nuffield Trust for their past support of the Harkness Fellowships (2009 to 2016).

German Harkness Fellowships

The B. Braun Stiftung, a partner since 2008, has increased the focus of the German Harkness program on nursing research. The Harkness/B. Braun Stiftung Fellowships, targeted to nursing health services researchers, managers, and policymakers, aim to advance nursing science and encourage leaders in nursing policy.

Dutch Harkness Fellowships

Since 2008, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS) has collaborated with The Commonwealth Fund to establish the Dutch Harkness Fellowships. Beginning in 2012–13, one Dutch fellowship is designated a Commonwealth Fund/VWS Harkness Fellowship, aimed at policy analysts working in Dutch health care agencies who will undertake work that is highly relevant to current Dutch health care policy and can inform senior policymakers at the Ministry. Priority themes for projects come from the strategic knowledge agenda of the Ministry and are related to U.S. and Dutch health policy. The second Dutch Harkness Fellowship, aimed at policy analysts, academics, clinicians, and journalists, supports a broader range of projects on a high-performing health system.

Norwegian Harkness Fellowships

Starting in 2010, the Research Council of Norway through its health services research program, in collaboration with the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, supports a Norwegian Harkness Fellow to promote stronger international links and inputs to Norwegian health policy and systems research.

Canadian Harkness Fellowships

Since 2001, a collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has brought a Canadian perspective to the program.  Beginning with the class of 2012, with cofunding from CFHI, the Canadian Harkness/CFHI Fellowship is offered as a full-time Fellowship, based in the U.S.


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