Dutch Harkness Fellowships 2018-19

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The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), is pleased to invite you to nominate a candidate for the 2018-19 Dutch Harkness/VWS Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. Established by The Commonwealth Fund in 1925, the Harkness Fellowships were modeled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders.

While all interested applicants are welcome to apply, we encourage nominations and appreciate your taking the time to identify potential applicants for this prestigious Fellowship program.

The deadline for applications from the Netherlands is November 13, 2017


Please complete and email the nomination information below to Robin Osborn, director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, at ro@cmwf.org as soon as possible, and application materials will be emailed directly to your nominee.

Candidate’s Name:
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About the Fellowship

The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom—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.

In addition to the Dutch Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice established by the Commonwealth Fund, through a partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), support has previously been provided for one additional Harkness Fellow, aimed at policy analysts working in Dutch health care agencies who will undertake work that is highly relevant to current Dutch health care policy and can inform senior policymakers at the Ministry.

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts at organizations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Kaiser Permanente, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, 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 and vulnerable populations); 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, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Policy.

The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of Fellows 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 a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I had the privilege of being placed at the Harvard University School of Public Health -- a vibrant, intellectual environment that provided me with a host of opportunities to get the most out of my Fellowship. At Harvard I worked with leading experts on topics of interest to me, including the impact of payment reforms on quality, accessibility, and affordability of health care services. Because of my Harkness Fellowship, I am still working with these experts on multiple projects. In addition to academic pursuits, the Fellowship provides ample opportunities for practically-oriented site visits that highlight innovations in delivery system reform, health policy, and health care technology, to name a few. Through these site visits, I was able to integrate my research with the field of practice. Moreover, throughout the year I learned a lot from the diversity that exists in health care settings between different countries, and I now have a much more global perspective on my work. I remain in contact with many of the Harkness Fellows from my class, and we continue to collaborate where possible!

-Jeroen Struijs (2013-14 Fellow), Senior Researcher, RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

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.

Learn more about the Fellowship: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/grants-and-fellowships/fellowships/harkness-fellowships

Please feel free to contact Robin Osborn, Director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice at: with any additional questions about eligibility, the project, or the application process.

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