Health Policy Research Scholars is a national leadership development program for second-year doctoral students in any academic discipline who want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities.
But don’t get hung up on our name, because we’re not just looking for students who do health policy research. We’re looking for any student whose research has the potential to impact health and well-being—the economics PhD student examining how the marketplace drives decisions that create barriers to good health. The engineering PhD student studying systems that better support wellness. The agriculture PhD student who pursues research while keeping an eye on how it impacts long-term health. The goal of the program is to train doctoral students to use their discipline-based research training to advance health equity to build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone to live longer, healthier lives.
We need far greater diversity in future generations of researchers and policymakers. With more voices in the conversation, policies and solutions can be more inclusive and relevant to a broader range of communities. That’s why we intentionally designed Health Policy Research Scholars for students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research.
Our scholars gain access to the tools, insights and diversity of mentors needed to accelerate and distinguish their research. And because we know that pursuing a graduate degree is intense and time-consuming in and of itself, we provide an annual stipend to give our scholars added research funds, or simply greater financial stability.
Alumni from this program carry the unique distinction of being a graduate of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program and become a part of tightly knit network of visionary change agents across sectors and disciplines.
Health Policy Research Scholars
TAKING BOLD STEPS TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO
Meet the first cohort of fellows who are collaborating to advance a Culture of Health. These teams are leading innovative, discipline-spanning work across the country and taking bold steps to change the status quo and achieve greater equity in their home communities.
Jasmine Blanks Jones
EDUCATION AND AFRICAN STUDIES
University of Pennsylvania
Jasmine Blanks Jones
- Youth Civic Engagement Practices
- African and Diaspora Civic Development and Globalization
- Performance Studies
- Case Study Research
University of Connecticut
- Longitudinal and Structural Equation Models
PHD STUDENT, SOCIOLOGY
- Political Sociology
- Collective Action and Social Movements
- Social Networks
MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, FINANCE
University of Texas at Dallas
- Social Divesting
- Real Estate
- Corporate Governance
Health Policy Research Scholars is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by The George Washington University.
Leadership Programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Policy Research Scholars is just one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs offering high-level training and funding for people interested in applying their expertise—no matter what discipline—to help make our country healthier and more equitable.
CULTURE OF HEALTH LEADERS
Collaborate. Innovate. Transform Communities.
Individuals working in every ﬁeld and profession receive $20,000 per year to advance a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.www.cultureofhealth-leaders.org
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH LEADERS
Collaborating to Advance Community Change.
Teams of three—two researchers and one community partner—come together to use the power of applied research to strengthen communities, with annual support of $25,000 per person and a one-time research project grant of up to $125,000 for the team.www.interdisciplinaryresearch-leaders.org
Redeﬁne Health in Your Community.
Interdisciplinary teams of clinically active professionals receive an annual fellowship of $35,000 for each team member to support a project the team designs to address a challenging health issue in their community.www.clinical-scholars.org