Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Research Scholars

Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines—who see policy as a key lever for change and are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The program aims to include doctoral students motivated to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; and collaborate across disciplines and sectors, while bolstering their leadership skills.

We’ll select up to 40 scholars who will receive a stipend of $30,000 each per year paid to their home institutions, for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner). Scholars will also be eligible for competitive dissertation grants of up to $10,000 each, as well as competitive conference and research dissemination grants, awarded by the national program center directly to the scholars.

At completion of the program, HPRS scholars should be equipped:

  • With extensive knowledge of a Culture of Health, health policy, leadership, systems change, and communication;
  • To apply research and interdisciplinary collaboration skills to engage multiple sectors (e.g., policy, education, business, communities, institutions, and agencies);
  • To use strategies to leverage diverse interdisciplinary networks of researchers;
  • With the opportunity to establish meaningful and sustained relationships and collaborations with HPRS and other RWJF leadership programs and participants;
  • To contribute to research and a national dialogue on the policy changes necessary for a Culture of Health.