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Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has a great interest in developing leaders among a broad range of scientists, health professionals, and those in law, administration, engineering, and the humanities who are committed to building a healthier world.  As part of its strong commitment to building leadership capacity across diverse disciplines to shape the future of health and medicine, the NAM administers a portfolio of highly regarded health policy fellowships and leadership programs, some of which are listed below.

NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine (ELHM) Program

The ELHM Program began in 2016 to increase the NAM’s engagement with exceptional, interdisciplinary early- and mid-career professionals working in biomedical science, population health, health care, health policy, and related fields. The ELHM Program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation between the emerging leaders, NAM members, and experts across sectors.

The next call for nominations will open in October 2022.

 NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

This collaborative program in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies supports up to 10* scholars in a one-year, part-time remote experience to enhance the scholars’ knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, and accelerate their career development toward becoming national leaders in the field. Scholars build upon the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (2015) and propose the implementation of projects that will advance equity, improve diagnosis, and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.

*With additional support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, an 11th scholar with a focus on advancing equity and diagnostic excellence for older adults may be selected.

The next call for applications will open in January 2023.

NAM Fellowships

This program is a great opportunity for exceptional early-career health science scholars to participate in evidence-based health care or public health studies that affect the health of the American people. Currently, there are nine distinct opportunities across diverse areas of focus through endowments and funding from various sponsors.

The call for nominations for the following fellowships will be available in March 2023:


The call for nominations for the following fellowships will be available in March 2024:


Direction and technical assistance are provided by the NAM Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs (HPFLP) Office. Please direct inquiries to NAM/HPFLP at: (202) 334-1506 / NAM.Fellows@nas.edu.

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NAM Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email:   NAM.Fellows@nas.edu