The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowships (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at The University of New Mexico will award up to four new doctoral fellowships in the social sciences. The RWJF Doctoral fellowship is a prestigious doctoral fellowship program for Ph.D. students with educational and research interests that include health and health policy analysis and research.

The RWJF Center for Health Policy seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., Hispanic, Native American, Black, etc.) in the nation in the development, implementation and analysis of health policy. At the core of the Center’s mission is the education of a new generation of leaders in health and health policy studies, leaders whose diversity reflects the full diversity of the U.S. population. Fellows will receive five years of funding support including paid tuition, a $27,000 annual stipend and health insurance. Fellows also have access to travel funds for research or conferences, as well as statistical and writing support staff, office space and the use of a laptop computer for the duration of their fellowship. 

Application forms and materials checklist for 2014-2015 doctoral fellowships may be found at: http://healthpolicy.unm.edu/fellowships. All materials must be submitted electronically to: center@unm.edu by or before 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Awards will be announced by February 2014. 

Students who are applying to, or who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a social science department at UNM are eligible for this award. Please mention in the Ph.D. program application “letter of intent” that you wish to be considered for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Doctoral Fellowships at the University of New Mexico. Ph.D. students from any social science program at UNM may apply; however we especially seek applicants from in Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Keep in mind that you do not need a M.A. before applying to the Ph.D. Program in many of the social science programs. In most cases you can apply with a B.A. and you will earn a M.A. enroute to earning the Ph.D. Applicants who are Ph.D. candidates and who are no longer taking classes in their program are eligible for funding but their award will only be renewable for up to two years of total funding. All students accepting RWJF Center awards for 2014-15 must be enrolled full-time in a social science department doctoral program (minimum nine graduate credit hours) each semester and remain in good academic standing with their department. The particular program of study is designed by each doctoral fellow in collaboration with a department advisor and Center staff prior to the start of the award year. The fellowship is open to all United States residents and citizens.

Diversity is a core value of the RWJF Center for Health Policy, which is committed to addressing the health care issues of Latino/Hispanic, American Indian and other underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in the U.S. As part of this commitment, we especially seek participants who are themselves a member of a racial or ethnic minority with experience in, and genuine commitment to, working with these populations to advance health equity. We believe that attracting and preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds as leaders in health policy is an important step toward eliminating health disparities. By developing social scientists from diverse ethnic, racial, gender, and economic backgrounds, our work seeks to advance health equity. 

The RWJF Center for Health Policy provides Fellows with a variety of opportunities for collaboration between social scientists and health professionals, as well as programming that enhances scholarship and civic leadership skills. Several initiatives support the mission of the Center, including the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice, the Institute for Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Center for Native American Health Policy, New Mexico Consortium for Behavioral Health Training & Research (CBHTR), and the Women Health Policy Unit. In addition, a unique and ongoing partnership with the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative, located at UNM’s College of Nursing (http://nursinghealthpolicy.org ), applies social science perspectives on policy to the pressing challenges of health equity, health care delivery, and improved population outcomes.