Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible for HPRS in 2020?

    HPRS is for students from historically underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research.

    In 2020, we will accept up to 50 second- or third-year PhD students who have at least three years left of their doctoral studies.

  • Why are applications not being accepted until 2020?

    We’re selecting a new national program center for Health Policy Research Scholars, which will oversee all aspects of the program.  As we make this transition, we will not recruit a cohort in 2019. Current scholars will continue to have the same high-quality experience they’ve come to expect, and we look forward to welcoming the next cohort.

    Applications re-open in 2020. In 2020, we will accept up to 60 rising second- and third-year doctoral students. That means if you will be a second-year student in the 2019-2020 school year and were planning to apply in 2019, you will still be eligible to apply in 2020. If you will be a second-year doctoral student in the 2020-2021, you will also be eligible to apply in 2020.

    We expect to enroll up to 40 rising second-year doctoral students each cohort after 2020.

  • I'm a second-year doctoral student in the 2019-2020 school year. Will I still be eligible to apply when applications reopen in January 2020?

    Yes. For the 2020 application year, we will be accepting both second- and third-year scholars.

  • Can I apply if I am an international student or if I am attending a university outside of the U.S.?

    No, only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application are eligible to apply. Changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms. Additionally, home institutions must be based in the United States or its territories for their students to be eligible.

  • What does underrepresented mean?

    It means 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. Applicants who feel that their situation fits are encouraged to apply and explain why they feel they are eligible.

  • Can policy and public health students apply?

    Yes, but note that this program is designed for students who do not have a policy or public health background and that some of the training and activities will be redundant to activities in your doctoral program. The program also will limit the number of public health and policy students that will get accepted into each cohort.

  • What is required of me?

    All students are required to participate and complete the online activities during the academic year and attend all in-person activities in the summer, fall and winter.

  • How should I choose my Home Institution Mentor?

    Many applicants select their doctoral advisors as their Home Institution Mentors. Your Home Institution Mentor must be a faculty member at your home institution and be able to support you throughout the HPRS program. This includes attending the in-person Fall Leadership Institute in the first year, participating in periodic calls and webinars, and supporting the Scholar internally to ensure that they receive their awarded funds. Your Home Institution Mentor must also submit a letter of reference as a part of the HPRS application. Your Home Institution Mentor does not need to have a background in health policy or public health.

  • I don't meet one of the eligibility criteria. Should I still apply?

    No, our eligibility criteria must be complied with in full. Applications that do not meet all eligibility criteria will be screened out and not sent for further review.