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Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

jeu, 09/02/2017 - 10:35 to lun, 13/11/2017 - 10:35
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The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals―government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists―from France to apply for a unique opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts at organizations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Kaiser Permanente, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, 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); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries. 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-tier journals, including: BMJ, Health Affairs, New England Journal of MedicineJAMA, and Health Policy.

The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of Fellows―from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom―throughout the year to participate in a series of high level policy briefings and leadership seminars with U.S. health care leaders. 

The Harkness fellowship was an opportunity of a lifetime for me and my family. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Harvard where I developed a research project on long-term care use in the elderly population, and met with senior experts in this area. The fellowship gave me the opportunity to present my work at several important research seminars and conferences, including health economics and health policy seminars at Harvard, Columbia, and Dartmouth, and the annual meeting of the American Society of Health Economists. The fellowship was also a great opportunity to develop my professional network and to discover new horizons through fascinating seminars organized with policy-makers, health care leaders, and entrepreneurs in Washington, District of Columbia, New York City, New York, and Silicon Valley, California. None of this would have been possible without the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Thomas Rapp, PhD; Associate professor in Economics, Co-Director of LIRAES and Chaire AGEINOMIX, Université Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité.

Each fellowship provides up to U.S. $130,000 in support, which covers roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. A family supplement (i.e. around $60,000 for partner and two children up to age 18) is also provided to cover airfare, living allowance, and health insurance.

The deadline for receipt of applications from France is November 13, 2017.

For more details and an application form, please visit:

Please contact Robin Osborn,  Vice President and Director, Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, if you  have any questions about the program, eligibility or project idea (email: