The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Nuffield Trust and the National Institute for Health Research, invites promising mid-career professionals – government policy-makers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists – from the United Kingdom to apply for a unique opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

The Nuffield Trust has supported the UK Harkness Fellowships since 2009 and continues to help develop the next generation of health leaders.

Nuffield Trust Senior Fellow, Ruth Thorlby discusses her experience of being a Harkness Fellow in 2008-2009.

About the Fellowship

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts at organisations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to study issues relevant to The Commonwealth Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system – insurance coverage, access, and affordability; health care delivery system reforms (e.g. bundled payments, accountable care organisations, innovative approaches to care for high need/high cost patients); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries.

A peer reviewed journal article or policy report aimed at high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in top-tier journals, including: BMJ, Health Affairs, and New England Journal of Medicine.

The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of Fellows – from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom – throughout the year to participate in a series of high level policy briefings and leadership seminars with U.S. health care leaders.

Each fellowship will provide up to U.S. $119,000 in support, with an additional supplemental family allowance (approximately $55,000 for partner and two children up to age 18).

The deadline for applications from the United Kingdom is November 17, 2014.

Visit The Commonwealth Fund's website for more details and to apply.

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