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Opportunity for USA Doctoral Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds to Participate in a Health Leadership Development Program

Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS)

GrantWatch ID# 179179
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/15/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA and territories second-year doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in a health leadership development program. Participants will receive a stipend of $30,000 per year and will participate in activities to supplement their doctoral training. Applicants must be from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and/or marginalized backgrounds.

Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key lever for change (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; social work; sociology)—students who are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The program is focused on doctoral students who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills.  

The goal of HPRS is to cultivate transformational leaders from diverse backgrounds with doctoral training—representing a wide range of research-focused disciplines—who will inform and influence policy. Applications are strongly encouraged from nonhealth-related disciplines; having scholars from diverse fields is critical to advancing a Culture of Health.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
- Applicants must be starting full-time, second-year doctoral studies in fall 2023 at a degree-granting institution based in the United States or its territories;
- Applicants must have at least three academic years remaining in their doctoral program and not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2026;
- Applicants must be from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and/or historically marginalized backgrounds. Examples of marginalized backgrounds include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities. If an applicant is applying because their background is underrepresented in a specific discipline, or from a marginalized background not listed above, the applicant must clearly describe how they meet the eligibility criteria in the application form;
- Applicants cannot be a recipient of a national fellowship program that prohibits participation in additional programs such as HPRS;
- Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of September 1, 2023;
Federal, state, tribal, and local government employees are eligible to apply unless they are considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application. As federal policy or laws change, we may need to consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms;
- Applicants cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer, Manager, or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

Pre-Proposal Conference
February 2, 2023 (1–2 p.m. ET) Optional applicant webinar.

Register here:

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- March 15, 2023 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full applications, including references.
- May 2023: Semifinalist interviews, via web conference.
- Mid-June 2023: Notification of finalists.
- July 11, 2023: Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.
- September 1, 2023: Program begins. Award funding initiated for program participants.
- September–early October 2023: Required onboarding meetings for scholars and mentors.
- October 5–8, 2023: HPRS Fall Institute, Baltimore, MD (in-person attendance required* for program participants).
- 2024 (date TBD by RWJF): RWJF Annual Leadership Institute, (in-person attendance required*), date and location TBD.
- June 23–28, 2024 : HPRS Summer Institute, Baltimore, MD (in-person attendance required* for program participants).


Information about the grant process:

Webinar recording from February 2, 2023:

Number of Grants
Up to 40

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant funds from RWJF will include:
- Award Funds: $30,000 per year for up to four years or until you complete your doctoral program (whichever is sooner).
- Administrative fee: Home institutions may include an administrative fee of $1,000 per year, $4,000 in total to the grant amount to cover the administrative costs of managing the award.

Term of Contract
Up to four years or until completion of doctoral program (whichever is sooner).

Contact Information
Apply Online:

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Phone: (410) 502-5530

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
624 N. Broadway, Room 380
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 502-9188

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