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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 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 currently is open until 3pm ET on June 1, 2022:

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

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 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.


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.

AAN Fellowship

The 2022-24 Call for Nominations is currently open until 3pm ET on June 1, 2022.

The overall purpose of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellowship is to provide talented, early-career health science scholars in nursing with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The program especially welcomes nominations of historically underrepresented candidates. Current Fellows of the AAN are eligible for the program. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility

Nominees for the AAN Fellowship must:

  • Be nominated by a member of the NAM or the AAN Board of Directors
  • Hold a doctoral degree
  • Be four-to-ten years out from completion of post-graduate work
  • Be a Fellow of the AAN
  • Be able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Have endorsement by the department chair, institute director or equivalent
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in policy and scholarship related to health equity.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3:00pm ET on June 1, 2022, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or the AAN Board of Directors
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate's department chair, institute director or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


2022 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 1 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 20 Awardee is notified
September 7-9 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 17 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

NAM Fellowship to Advance State Health Policy

The 2022-24 Call for Nominations is currently open until 3pm ET on June 1, 2022.

The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship to Advance State Health Policy is to provide talented, early-career health science scholars from Wisconsin with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The program especially welcomes nominations of historically underrepresented candidates. Individuals with residence in the state of Wisconsin are eligible for the program. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility

Nominees for the NAM Fellowship to Advance State Health Policy must:

  • Be nominated by a member of the NAM or a senior leader from a Wisconsin school or university
  • Hold a doctoral degree
  • Be a non-tenured member of an academic faculty
  • Be able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Have endorsement by the dean, department chair, center director or comparable senior leader
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination with residence in the state of Wisconsin


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in improving the health of Wisconsin, with a focus on health issues important to Wisconsin communities and scholarship related to community health, health equity, rural health, and/or policy/systems change. Particular attention will be given to promote diversity among the fellowship participants.


Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3:00pm ET on June 1, 2022, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or a senior leader from a Wisconsin school or university
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s dean, department chair, center director or comparable senior leader
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


2022 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 1 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 20 Awardee is notified
September 7-9 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 17 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine

The 2022-24 Call for Nominations is currently open until 3pm ET on June 1, 2022.

The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine Program is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of historically underrepresented candidates. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility

Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine must:

  • Be nominated by a member of the NAM, the Trustees of the AOA, the Board of Deans of the AACOM or the Board of Directors of the AOF
  • Hold a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Be able to dedicate 10 percent to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Be within the first two-to-seven years after completion of post-graduate work
  • Have a supporting letter from the candidate's department chair
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent residency status at the time of the nomination


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to nominees who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on Osteopathic Medicine.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3:00pm ET on June 1, 2022, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM, the Trustees of the AOA, the Board of Deans of the AACOM or the Board of Directors of the AOF
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate's department chair
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


2022 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 1 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 20 Awardee is notified
September 7-9 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 17 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy

The 2022-24 Call for Nominations is currently open until 3pm ET on June 1, 2022.

The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of historically underrepresented candidates. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility

Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy must:

  • Be nominated by a member of the NAM, the board of directors of AACP or the board of regents of ACCP
  • Have completed a Pharm.D. and/or Ph.D. from a relevant field of study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences
  • Be able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Be between four and ten years after completion of post-graduate work OR between five and fifteen years after completion of a Pharm.D.
  • Have sponsorship by academic department head or equivalent supervisor
  • Have endorsement by the dean or comparable senior leader
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent residency status at the time of the nomination


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated interest in and focus on advancing pharmacy practice and scholarship.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3:00pm ET on June 1, 2022, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM, the board of directors of AACP or the board of regents of ACCP
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    • Department chair or equivalent supervisor
    • Academic dean or comparable senior leader
    • Other individual(s) familiar with the nominee's work
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


2022 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 1 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 20 Awardee is notified
September 7-9 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 17 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship

The 2022-24 Call for Nominations is currently open until 3pm ET on June 1, 2022.

The overall purpose of the James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellowship is to enable talented, early-career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. In considering qualifications for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship, preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health quality and health services and have an M.D., Ph.D., or D.O. The program especially welcomes nominations of historically underrepresented candidates. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility

Nominees for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship must:

  • Be nominated by a member of the NAM or governing body of the ABFM
  • Be active in the field of family medicine and may include a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.
  • Have received a Ph.D. within the past one-to-ten years or be one-to-ten years out from completion of residency training with an M.D. or D.O.
  • Be able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Be endorsed by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • Hold U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee based on their professional qualifications, scholarship, and quality of professional accomplishments as evidenced through publications and research grants, and relevance of current field of expertise to the work of the NAM.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health care quality and health services.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3pm ET on June 1, 2022, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or governing body of the ABFM
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate's department chair, institute director or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio

2022 Timeline

May 3 Call for nominations opens
June 1 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 20 Awardee is notified
September 7-9 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 17 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Nomination Process for NAM Fellowships

Only authorized nominators may submit nominations. For further information on who may submit nominations, refer to each fellowship's webpage.

  • Register: To create a user account, click on the "Register" link in the right column and complete and submit the registration form.
  • Log in: Once you have created an account, log in with your email address and password.
  • Create: Create your online nomination.
  • Save: During the Call for Nominations period, your nomination can be saved as DRAFT multiple times, until all the required information is completed. When you complete a section, you will see a appear on the section tab when the nomination is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your nomination by clicking on the icon in the "Nomination Summary" widget on the right side. You will not have access to your nomination after the nomination deadline.
  • Submit: Upon completion, submit your nomination as FINAL by the nomination deadline. You may wish to download and print a copy of your nomination for your records by clicking on the icon in the "Nomination Summary" widget on the right side.

The NAM Fellowships program is administered by the NAM Office of Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs (HPFLP). Nomination packets and inquiries about the NAM Fellowships should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: yphillips@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