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Commonwealth Fund Fellowship (CFF) in Minority Health Policy

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Fellowships of $60,000 to USA physicians for participation in a full-time academic program to improve health care for targeted populations. The opportunity will provide education and leadership training towards an additional academic degree to prepare physician-leaders who will, over time, improve the capacity of the health care system to promote policies and practices that improve minority, disadvantaged, and vulnerable populations’ access to high-quality care.

This unique fellowship is designed to prepare physicians, particularly physicians from groups underrepresented in medicine, to become leaders who improve the health of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations through transforming health care delivery systems and promoting innovation in policies, practices and programs that address health equity and the social determinants of health.

Fellows will complete academic work leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and gain exposure to, and understanding of, major health issues facing vulnerable and disadvantaged populations through fellowship activities.  The Fellowship also offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the Harvard Kennedy School to physicians already possessing an MPH. It is expected that the Fellowship will support the development of a cadre of physician leaders in health policy and practice who are well-trained academically and professionally in health policy, health care management, minority health and clinical medicine, as well as actively committed to creating high-performance health systems for vulnerable populations and to pursuing careers in public service.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183620

Number of Grants:

Ordinarily, up to five fellowships will be awarded per year.

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Each fellowship provides: $60,000 stipend, full tuition, health insurance, books, travel, and related program expenses, and financial assistance toward the support of a practicum project.

Upon completion, participants will receive an MPH or MPA.

Term of Contract:

The program is a 12-month program beginning July 1 at the start of the summer session of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Physicians who have completed residency in the U.S., either BE/BC. Additional experience beyond residency, such as chief residency, is preferred.
- Experience or interest in addressing and improving the health needs of minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations as well as in advancing system change in ways that improve the health for all populations, but with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.
- Strong evidence of leadership experience or potential, especially as related to community efforts, quality improvement, transformation of health care delivery systems, and/or health policy.
- Intention to pursue a career in policy, public service, and/or academia.
- U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

The fellowships are intended for full-time study, and the extensions to complete degrees and the Fellowship on a part-time basis are not acceptable.

Applicants with prior MPH degrees are not eligible to apply to the Fellowship to receive another MPH degree. However, applicants with prior MPH degrees are eligible to apply for the Fellowship to receive a Mid-Career MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinar will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Click here to register:

Pre-Application Information:

Fellowship Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
Harvard Kennedy School Application Deadline: early December 2021

Applicants are required to complete applications to both The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University and the MPH program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Fellowship participation is contingent upon acceptance to both, although applicants not accepted to the Fellowship will still be eligible for admission to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MPH Instructions on SOPHAS on-line Application

Harvard Kennedy School MPA Instructions on-line at

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Questions about the Fellowship can be addressed to:

Program Coordinator
The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship
c/o Minority Faculty Development Program
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115-5818
Phone: 617-432-2922

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