National Program Overview

The Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a two-year fellowship targeted to outstanding new PhDs in economics, political science, and sociology to advance their involvement in health policy research.

Through interaction and collaboration with faculty from the social sciences, medicine, public health, and public policy, the expectation is that Scholars will seek to make important research contributions to future health policy in the United States. Each year, the national program enables up to nine highly qualified individuals to undertake two-year fellowships at one of three program sites:

  • University of California, Berkeley/
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Harvard University
  • University of Michigan

Each site accepts approximately three Scholars each year, distributed across the three target disciplines. Participating Scholars undertake cutting-edge research relevant to health policy using the tools and perspectives of their discipline.


The Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is administered by a National Program Office, housed at Boston University and directed by Dr. Alan Cohen.