2020-21 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice Call for Applications United States

The Commonwealth Fund


The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable.

The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the co-sponsorship of the New Zealand Ministry of Health in the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, bringing to the program an invaluable policy perspective and commitment to a high performing health care system that will further enrich the experience of Fellows and their impact upon returning home.

The Commonwealth Fund and the New Zealand Ministry of Health invite promising mid-career professionals-government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, health care system managers, and journalists-from New Zealand to apply for a unique opportunity to spend 10 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. Established by The Commonwealth Fund in 1925, the Harkness Fellowships were modeled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries.

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts at organizations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to study issues relevant to the Fund's mission to support a high performing health care system ─ insurance coverage, access, and affordability; health care delivery system reforms (e.g. bundled payments, accountable care organizations, innovative approaches to care for high need/high cost patients, models of care that better integrate primary care, mental health and social care for vulnerable populations); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries. Products of the fellowship may include a peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences, as well as Issue Briefs, Op-Eds, and Blogs. Other products, more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation, are also encouraged.

Each New Zealand Harkness Fellowship provides up to U.S. $113,000 in support, which covers the Fellow's roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. (Families may participate at their own expense. For families, U.S. health insurance and a $15,000 USD travel supplement will be provided).

The Commonwealth Fund values diversity, equity, and inclusion and applicants who come from Māori and Indigenous communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


For Further Information

Visit: www.harknessfellowships.org

Join us: July 18 at 9:00 a.m./11:00 a.m. (AEST/NZST) for an informational webinar featuring Fellowship Director Robin Osborn and New Zealand Harkness Fellow Juliet Rumball-Smith. Register here.

Contact : Robin Osborn (Director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice) at ro@cmwf.org


The deadline for 2020-2021 Harkness Fellowship Applications from New Zealand, is October 7, 2019.