Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: Scholars in Health Policy Research

Description (by DGS)

Extremely generous, prestigious, and competitive postdoctoral fellowship. Preference given to candidates who do not have a strong background in health or health policy but wish to move into it. Based on what I know of previous winners, both health and policy are broadly conceived. 

2013 application deadline is October 8, 2013

Call for proposals (received by DGS September 6, 2013)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is pleased to announce a call for postdoctoral fellowship applications.
In the 2014 - 2016 cohort, the Program will enable up to 9 outstanding young social scientists to spend two years in residence at one of three nationally prominent universities:  Harvard University; the University of California, Berkeley (in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco); or the University of Michigan.
However, please do not be misled by the Program’s name.  It is not intended only or primarily for individuals who have done work in health.  Rather, preference is given to applicants who have not previously worked in health-related research, and past fellows have come from diverse backgrounds within the three core disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology.  The Program may be especially beneficial for tenure-track junior faculty members for whom a two-year fellowship experience would enrich and facilitate their research and scholarly work.
 Highlights of the fellowship include:

  • Opportunities to work closely with distinguished faculty from the social sciences -- as well as from medicine, public health, and public policy -- in an environment conducive to disciplinary and multidisciplinary learning and collaborative research.
  • A stipend of  $89,000 per year, plus office space, staff support, a research budget, travel support, health insurance, and a moving allowance.
  • Individuals eligible to apply must either be citizens of the U.S. and its territories or have permanent residency status at the time of application, and must have received a doctoral degree in economics, political science, or sociology after January 1, 2009, but no later than July 15, 2014.

We turn to you to help us identify highly qualified applicants for this Program.  If you know potential candidates among your junior faculty, recent graduates, or current PhD students, who satisfy the eligibility criteria and who possess exceptional ability, we ask that you inform them of the Program and urge them to apply.  The deadline for receipt of applications is October 8, 2013 (3 PM EDT).  Additional details about the Program are available on our web site: