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2021–22 Harkness Fellows in Brooklyn Bridge Park during Orientation

2021–22 Harkness Fellows in Brooklyn Bridge Park during Orientation

2021–22 Harkness Fellows in Brooklyn Bridge Park during Orientation

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. 

Application Process

All candidates must complete an online application, including:

  • Statement of professional objectives;

  • Curriculum vitae;

  • Preliminary proposal (up to five pages, exclusive of references) for a policy-oriented research project that fits within the Commonwealth Fund’s principal areas of interest;

  • One (1) letter of reference from the applicant’s department chair or institutional director (more than one applicant may apply from the same institution); 

  • Three (3) additional letters of reference from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s past work and the potential contribution of their proposed research project; 

  • Three (3) examples of work products, such as journal articles, reports, or other pieces of writing (if submitting unpublished products, please add a description of the piece/its purpose). 

In preparing an application, candidates should review the Funds recent work. The proposed research project must be relevant to both the U.S. and their home country and be focused on creating policy or system-level change. For quantitative research proposals, candidates must explore the availability and accessibility of data sets. For qualitative proposals, they must consider how they will collect data (document review, interviews, focus groups, etc.). 

2023–24 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 2023–24 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. People from historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in health policy and health care delivery fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application will remain open through November 1, 2022.

To access the Harkness Fellowship application, you must first register for a Harkness Fellowship Portal account. Once registered, you can login by clicking the “APPLY HERE” button below or navigating directly to https://commonwealthfund.force.com/harkness/s/.

APPLY HERE

Successful applicants should plan to arrive in the U.S. in mid to late August or early September to start the program.

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Individuals to Contact for Further Information

ALL COUNTRIES
Molly FitzGerald
Senior Program Associate
The Commonwealth Fund
Email: [email protected]

CANADA
Bill Callery
Senior Improvement Lead, Knowledge Translation
Healthcare Excellence Canada
Email: [email protected]

FRANCE
Natacha Lemaire
General Rapporteur
Ministère des solidarités et de la santé
Email: [email protected]

NEW ZEALAND
Sarah Turner
Deputy Director-General
Office of the Director-General
New Zealand Ministry of Health
Email: [email protected]

NORWAY
Signe Flottorp
Research Director
Division for Health Services
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Email: [email protected]

UNITED KINGDOM
Gareth O’Brien
Senior Programme Manager, Personal Awards
NIHR Academy
Email: [email protected]

Ruth Thorlby
Assistant Director of Policy
The Health Foundation
Email: [email protected]