About the Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is intended to foster the development of a new generation of creative thinkers in health policy research within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. In the 2012 - 2014 cohort, the program will enable up to 9 highly qualified individuals to undertake two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities -- Harvard University, the University of California-Berkeley (in collaboration with the University of California-San Francisco); and The University of Michigan. Scholars have access to the full range of university resources and receive a stipend from the university of $89,000 per year. Limited financial support is available for research-related expenses. Scholars will be free of teaching, consulting and administrative responsibilities during their time in the program.

Recent graduates of Ph.D. programs in economics, political science and sociology, including junior faculty, are invited to apply. At each site, the program brings together talented individuals—each rooted in one of the three disciplines—to learn about health, health policy, and the perspectives of the other two disciplines. Our hope is that the Scholars will pursue careers within their disciplines, making important research contributions to future health policy in the United States.

Core Staff

Alan B. Cohen Sc.D.
Program Director
Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Program Director, RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program
Catherine M. Player M.A.
Deputy Director
Melissa Manolis ExMA, M.P.P
Program Manager