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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Research Scholars (doctoral students)

Grant Amount: $120,000 over four years
Deadline: March 15, 2023
Category: Health Policy,
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Health Policy Research Scholars is a national leadership program for doctoral students in any academic discipline who are starting their second year of study and want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities.

Doctoral students from a variety of disciplines—such as urban planning, political science, economics, anthropology, education, social work, geography, and sociology—who are committed to using policy change to advance population health and health equity.

Applicants must be:
Full-time doctoral students who are starting the second year of their programs in fall 2023 and do not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2026.
From historically marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines.
Pursuing a research-focused discipline that can advance a Culture of Health.
Interested in health policy and interdisciplinary approaches.
What do scholars receive?
Annual award funding of up to $30,000 for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner).
Mentoring and training in health policy and leadership.
Professional ties to public health and policy leaders and innovators from diverse fields.
Opportunity to compete for an additional dissertationgrant of up to $10,000.
Membership in a network of scholars and alumni for research and advocacy collaborations.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence For Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Grant Amount: Commensurate with Project Scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Policy, Racial Equity, Research,
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity.

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health, emphasizing advancing racial equity. According to RWJF, achieving racial equity is impossible without focusing on the foundational and structural drivers of health, often referred to as the social determinants of health (e.g., housing, education, built environment, economic opportunity, law enforcement, and others). Therefore, the fund partners with researchers, practitioners, community leaders, advocates, and policy makers to develop evidence about what works to dismantle or remedy unjust systems and practices and produce more equitable outcomes for people and communities of color.

Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. The foundation is concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander people, and other races and ethnicities)—as well as how racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority.

This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop characterizing or documenting a problem’s extent.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying for this opportunity.

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