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Call for RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program in USA, 2014/16

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is offering research fellowships to creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. Scholars will receive stipends of $89,000 each year of the two-year fellowship. Application deadline is October 8, 2013.

Study Subject (s): The program supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology.
Course Level: Fellowship is available for research program at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy.
Scholarship Provider: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: USA

Eligibility: Program applicants must have received a doctoral degree in Economics, Political Science or Sociology during the time period noted below. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously worked extensively in the areas of health or health policy research. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program embraces diverse racial, ethnic and gender perspectives and encourages applications from candidates who come from groups that historically have been underrepresented in the three disciplines of interest (economics, political science and sociology).
-Receipt of Degree: Applicants must have received a doctoral degree, as noted above, after January 1, 2009 but no later than July 15, 2014. For those expecting to receive degrees in 2014, all degree requirements must be completed by July 15, 2014. -Citizenship: Applicants must be United States Citizens or Permanent Resident Green Card holders at the time of application.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants must be United States Citizens or Permanent Resident Green Card holders at the time of application.

Scholarship Description: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is intended to foster the development of a new generation of creative thinkers in health policy research within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. In the 2013 – 2015 cohort, the program will enable up to 9 highly qualified individuals to undertake two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities – Harvard University, the University of California-Berkeley (in collaboration with the University of California-San Francisco); and The University of Michigan. Scholars have access to the full range of university resources and receive a stipend from the University of $89,000 per year. Limited financial support is available for research-related expenses. Scholars will be free of teaching, consulting and administrative responsibilities during their time in the program.

Number of award (s): The Foundation will select up to 9 Scholars distributed across the three disciplines – approximately 3 economists, 3 political scientists and 3 sociologists per Scholar cohort.

Duration of award(s): Duration of fellowship program is of two years.

What does it cover? Scholars will receive stipends of $89,000 each year of the two-year fellowship. Scholars have access to the full range of university resources, such as faculty, libraries and computers. In addition, they receive office space, administrative staff support, a research budget, travel support, access to health insurance and a moving allowance.

Selection Criteria: Evaluation criteria include:
-The applicant’s potential to contribute creatively as a social scientist to future U.S. health policy thinking – either by identifying emerging health policy issues and problems or by bringing new insight to the examination and analysis of existing issues and problems.
-The applicant’s commitment to a career consistent with the program’s purpose and goals.
-The quality of the applicant’s past research, including dissertation research.
-The capability of the applicant to undertake this challenging program.
-Recommendations by faculty and other individuals with whom the applicant has studied or worked.

Notification: Finalists will be notified by mid-December about interviews in January. Offers will be extended in February.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is October 8, 2013 (3 PM EDT).

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