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The Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to invite applications from Australia for the 2017-2018 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

Commonwealth FundThe Harkness Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for mid-career professionals—academic researchers, government policymakers, clinicians, managers, and journalists—from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, to spend up to 12 months in the United States conducting a policy-oriented research study, working with leading U.S. health policy experts, and gaining an in-depth knowledge of the U.S., Australian, Canadian, Dutch, German, New Zealand, and U.K. health care systems.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in health policy issues and propose a study within the scope of The Commonwealth Fund’s principal areas of focus: health care system performance—including access to care and insurance coverage, quality and patient safety, efficiency, and equity; quality of care for vulnerable populations, e.g., low income families, children, the elderly, and minorities; and patient-centered primary care.

Once selected, the Fund will provide extensive support to successful Fellows to help them develop and shape their research proposals to better fit the context of the U.S. health system. Through its network of contacts, the Fund will help identify and place Fellows with mentors who are experts in the policy areas to be studied, e.g., at Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California at San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, Kaiser Permanente, Veterans Health Administration, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), RAND, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Group Health Cooperative at Puget Sound.

A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in leading journals, including: British Medical Journal, Health Affairs, Health Policy, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, New England Journal of Medicine, and Quality and Safety in Health Care.

Building on their fellowship experiences, Harkness Fellows have moved into senior positions within academia, government, and health care delivery organizations, making valuable contributions to health policy and practice at home and in the United States. In addition, Harkness Fellows become part of a strong international network, with opportunities for ongoing cross-national collaborations and research.

The deadline for applications from Australia is September 6 2016

Each fellowship will provide up to U.S. $130,000 in support, which covers roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. A

family supplement (i.e., approximately $60,000 for a partner and two children up to age 18) is also provided to cover airfare, living allowance, and health insurance.

For application materials, eligibility criteria, and more information about the Harkness Fellowships, please visit www.commonwealthfund.org/fellowships or contact Robin Osborn, Vice President and Director of the International Program in Health Policy and Practice, at The Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021, U.S.A. (Tel: 001 212 606 3809 or  Email: ro@cmwf.org)

Or, please contact:

Professor Jane Hall
Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy Representative
Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation
University of Technology, Sydney
PO Box 123 Broadway NSW 2007
Level 2, Building 5D, 1-59 Quay Street, Haymarket NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA
Tel: (02) 9514 4719
Fax: (02) 9514 4730
email: Gretchen.Togle@chere.uts.edu.au