Eligibility, Review, and Selection Criteria
Harkness Fellowships are designed for midcareer professionals who are committed to advancing health policy and practice in the Commonwealth Fund’s principal areas of interest: improving health insurance coverage, access to care, the quality and efficiency of care delivery, and advancing health equity.
All applicants must:
Be established residents of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, or the United Kingdom and eligible to receive a J1 Research Scholar Visa. In addition, applicants must be committed to continuing their career in the country from which they are applying.
Show significant promise as a policy-oriented health care leader. Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds: government/policy, health services research, clinical practice, health care management, and journalism, among others. If you have specific questions about whether your career path fits with the Harkness Fellowship program, please contact us.
Have a demonstrated expertise in health policy issues and a track record of informing health policy through research, policy analysis, care delivery, or clinical leadership.
Propose a research project that is relevant to both the U.S. and their home country and is focused on creating policy or system-level change.
Have the relevant education and work experience to carry out the proposed research and take full advantage of the fellowship experience.
People from historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in health policy and health care delivery are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please note that Harkness Fellowship awards cannot be used to support study for academic degrees. In addition, the fellowship cannot be undertaken in conjunction with other programs.
All submitted applications are reviewed by Commonwealth Fund staff and a panel of experts appointed in each of the participating countries. Following the review period, a limited number of applicants will be invited for interviews, which may be conducted either virtually or in person. If held in person, interviews will take place in Sydney (for Australian applicants), Toronto (for Canadian applicants), Paris (for French applicants), Berlin or the Hague (for German and Dutch applicants), Auckland (for New Zealand applicants), Oslo (for Norwegian applicants), Singapore (for Singaporean applicants), and London (for U.K. applicants). Once confirmed, interview dates will be shared directly with applicants via email.
Applicants are short-listed for an interview based on their qualifications, leadership potential, and commitment to improving health care; the quality and policy relevance of the proposed research project; and the strength of the reference letters submitted on their behalf. While the Fund does not provide critiques of applications that are declined, qualified applicants are encouraged to reapply in future years.
2024–25 Harkness Fellowships Application
The Commonwealth Fund invites qualified individuals from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom to apply to the 2024–25 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice.
The 2024-25 Harkness Fellowship application will be open June 1, 2023 through November 1, 2023.
To access the application you will first need to register for a Harkness portal account.