The Commonwealth Fund Invites Applications for the 2015–16 New Zealand Harkness Fellowship

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The Harkness Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for mid-career professionals—academic researchers, government policymakers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to spend up to 12 months in the United States. Fellows will work with leading experts to study issues relevant to the Fund’s mission to support a high-performing health care system, including insurance coverage and access to care; health care delivery system reforms (e.g. bundled payments, accountable care organizations, innovative approaches to care for high-need, high-cost patients); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries.<br /><br />A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for health ministers and other high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in top journals, including <em>BMJ</em>, <em>Health Affairs</em>, <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, <em>New Zealand Medical Journal</em>, <em>Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health</em>, and <em>Health Policy</em>.<br /><br />
The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of Fellows through the year to participate in a series of high-level policy briefings and leadership seminars with health care leaders.<br /><br />
The Fellowship awards up to U.S. $119,000 in support, with an additional supplemental family allowance of approximately $55,000.<br /><br />
The deadline for receipt of applications from New Zealand for the 2015–16 fellowship is <strong>September 15, 2014</strong>.<br /><br />

Hear from 2010–11 New Zealand Harkness alumna <a href="/publications/video/2014/aug/robyn-whittaker-harkness-experience">Robyn Whittaker</a> on what drew her to the Harkness Fellowship, her placement in the U.S., how the Harkness Fellowship affected her career, and what the experience was like for her family.<br /><br /> Learn more.