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 Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

This new program in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies will support 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 will build upon the work of the National Academies of Sciences consensus report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (2015) and propose the implementation of projects that will improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.

The call for applications will be available from January 4 until 3pm ET on March 3, 2021, with the first cohort of scholars to begin their program participation in July 2021.

NAM Fellowship

This program allows 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, the program offers seven distinct opportunities across diverse areas of focus through endowments from various sponsors.

The call for nominations for the following fellowships will be available in March 2021:

The call for nominations for the following fellowships will be available in March 2022:

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 call for applications closed on January 20, 2021.


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.

American Board of Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations is open until 3pm ET on June 3, 2021.

The overall purpose of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) Emergency Medicine Fellowship is to provide talented, early-career health science scholars in emergency medicine 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 under-represented minority candidates. Diplomates or Active Candidates for Certification by ABEM, who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university, are eligible for the program. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) or a board member of the ABEM
  • ABEM Diplomate or meet the emergency medicine credential requirements for board certification
  • Must hold an M.D. or D.O.
  • Two-to-ten years out from completion of post-graduate work
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Preference will be given to candidates drawn from the field of Emergency Medicine who have a demonstrated interest in, and focus on, advancing the delivery of emergency care and scholarship related to emergency medicine.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3pm ET on June 3, 2021, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or ABEM 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

2021 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 3 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 15 Awardee is notified
September 8-10 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 18 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship should be directed to:

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations is open until 3pm ET on June 3, 2021.

The overall purpose of the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is to provide talented, early-career bioethics scholars with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies and policy-making process that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics enables young investigators to participate actively in the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and to further their careers as future leaders addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
  • An M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D., or holder of an equivalent degree, with completion of post-graduate work two to ten years prior to the award
  • Demonstrated interest in, focus on, and scholarship on addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, public health, or public policy
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including bioethics research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in bridging bioethics, biomedical research, population health, and health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3pm ET on June 3, 2021, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM
  • 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

2021 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 3 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 15 Awardee is notified
September 8-10 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 18 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics should be directed to:

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations is open until 3pm ET on June 3, 2021.

The overall purpose of the Gilbert S. Omenn Fellowship is to enable talented, early-career scholars combining biomedical science and population health to participate actively in health- and medicine-related study process of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, promoting the integration of public health and medicine — both scientifically and through practice and policy. The Omenn Fellowship aims to foster a cadre of physician-scientists who will integrate biomedical research, population health, and health policy and will expand the nation’s capacity for research, leadership, and policy development that advances health. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Omenn Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
  • An M.D. or D.O. with additional study in the medical sciences, public health, and/or public policy
  • One-to-five years out from completion of residency and fellowship training or receiving the terminal doctoral degree, in an appropriate faculty position or its equivalent
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years, including all the specified experiences
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in bridging biomedical research, population health, and health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3pm ET on June 3, 2021, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM
  • 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

2021 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations open
June 3 Nomination packets are due at 3pm ET
July 15 Awardee is notified
September 8-10 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 18 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Omenn Fellowship should be directed to:

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

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

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations is open until 3pm ET on June 3, 2021.

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 of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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 under-represented minority candidates. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) or governing body of the ABFM
  • Active in the field of family medicine and may include a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.
  • Received a Ph.D. within the past one-to-ten years, or one-to-ten years out from completion of residency training with an M.D. or D.O.
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to 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 3, 2021, 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

2021 Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 3 Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
July 15 Awardee is notified
September 8-10 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 18 Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship should be directed to:

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations is open until 3pm ET on June 3, 2021.

Named in honor of Norman F. Gant, MD, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and a former executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), this fellowship enables talented, early-career health science scholars in obstetrics and gynecology to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. Diplomates or Active Candidates for Certification by ABOG, who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university, are eligible for the program. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the Gant/ABOG Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society or a Director of the ABOG
  • Diplomate or Active Candidate for certification by ABOG
  • Non-tenured member of an academic faculty
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Within the first five years of an initial faculty appointment
  • Sponsorship by academic department head
  • Endorsement by the dean
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through this online nomination system by 3pm ET on June 3, 2021, and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society or a Director of the ABOG
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    1. Department chair
    2. Academic dean
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio

2021Timeline

March 1 Call for nominations opens
June 3 Nomination packets are due by 3:00pm ET
July 15 Awardee is notified
September 8-10 Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
October 18 Fellow is introduced to the NAM membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Gant/ABOG Fellowship should be directed to:

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

Nomination Process

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. As you complete each 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 section. You will not have access to your nomination after the deadline. Note: If changes are required before the nomination deadline, you can still make updates and resubmit the updated nomination as FINAL.
  • 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 section. Note: If changes are required before the nomination deadline, you can still make updates and resubmit the updated nomination as FINAL.

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

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Fax: (202) 334-3862
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

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