Health Policy Research Scholars is a national leadership 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 doctoral student whose research has the potential to impact health and well-being: The economics student examining how the marketplace drives decisions that create barriers to good health. The engineering student studying systems that better support wellness. The agriculture 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 historically underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, or 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 a tightly knit network of visionary change agents across sectors and disciplines.
Health Policy Research Scholars
TAKING BOLD STEPS TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO
Meet our current scholars who are collaborating to advance a Culture of Health. These scholars are leading innovative, discipline-spanning work across the countryand taking bold steps to change the status quo and achieve greater equity in their home communities.
ANDREW S. ARRIAGA
PHD STUDENT, COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
The University of Texas at Austin
- LGBTQ+ wellness
- Race and ethnicity
- Structural inequalities
- Health equity
PHD STUDENT, KINESIOLOGY
Oregon State University
- Disability policy
- Collegiate adaptive sports
- Access and equity
PHD STUDENT, EDUCATION
Georgia State University
- School connectedness
- Policy and program evaluation
- Trauma-informed care
- Teacher education
PHD STUDENT, JOINT PROGRAM IN
SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIOLOGY
University of Michigan
- Childcare and early childhood development
- Equitable social care systems
Health Policy Research Scholars is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Leadership Programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Policy Research Scholars is just one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs offering high-level training and funding for people interested in applying their expertise—no matter what their 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 grant funding up to $525,000 to support a project the team designs to address a challenging health issue in their community.www.clinical-scholars.org