The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University

since 1996 preparing tomorrow's leaders in health

Call for Application

(2024-2025 Fellowship Year)


Established in 1996 and supported by The Commonwealth Fund, the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University is a unique fellowship designed to prepare physician-leaders, particularly physicians from groups underrepresented in medicine, to become leaders who improve the health of historically marginalized populations. Fellows focus on transforming health care delivery systems and promoting innovation in policies, practices and programs that address health equity and the social determinants of health. The program provides strong academic training and coursework, including an MPH or MPA, for highly qualified physicians. It enhances the leadership ability of physicians, offering them substantive knowledge in health policy and management, while creating a network of physician-leaders capable of advancing successfully among the public, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

We seek applications from highly motivated individuals with great potential for leadership and for becoming change agents in health care delivery systems for historically marginalized populations.

Total Awards:

Up to five one-year, degree-granting fellowships will be awarded per year. Each Fellowship provides: $80,000 one-year stipend, full tuition, individual health insurance, books, fellowship travel, and financial assistance for a practicum project.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • Physicians who have completed residency in the U.S., and are either BE/BC. Additional experience beyond residency, such as chief residency, is preferred.
  • Experience or interest in advancing systems change to improve the health of all populations as well as the health of historically marginalized populations in particular;
  • Strong evidence of leadership experience or potential, especially as related to community efforts, quality improvement, transformation of health care delivery systems, and/or health policy.
  • Intention to pursue a career in policy, public service, and/or academia.
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

Deadline: December 1, 2023.

How to Apply

Informational Webinar for the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University will be held October 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET. Webinar registration. Recordings of webinars from previous years are available on the Fellowship web site.

Key Materials:

Fellowship Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions (Q&A)

Video: Alumni Fellows’ Comments