Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy, 2004–05


Experience with the program's first five classes of Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy has demonstrated the value of international exchange to the fellows' development and to the Fund's overall work in health care. Through selection, placement, and support of a seventh class of Harkness Fellows, the Fund will continue to develop promising junior policy researchers and practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Based on the success of the Harkness Fellowships model, the U.K.-based PPP Foundation will support two additional U.K. Harkness Fellowships each year for senior managers in the National Health Service and government policy analysts in the Department of Health. In addition, the Australian Department of Health and Aging has established, in partnership with the Fund, a 'reverse' Harkness Fellowship to enable two U.S. health policy experts to undertake research in Australia. Building on alumni activities pilot-tested in 2002, a policy seminar featuring former Harkness Fellows will be arranged in each country to coincide with the Harkness selection committee meetings and Fund staff visits to reinforce the growing network of health policy alumni. As part of the five-year review of the International Program scheduled for 2004, a formal evaluation of the accomplishments and impact of Harkness Fellowships from 1998 to 2003 will take place in the coming year.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
Robin Osborn and John E. Craig, Jr.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2003

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