As part of the National Academy of Medicine’s commitment to building leadership capacity across diverse disciplines to shape the future of health and medicine, the Office of Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs administer a portfolio of highly regarded programs:

This program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, DC. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy.

The Nurse Scholar program is designed to assist outstanding nurse leaders to play a more prominent role in health policy development at the national level. The program seeks individuals who have the capacity and skills to bring issues of special interest in nursing to greater public understanding and policy attention.




This program is designed for health science scholars who are 1-to-10 years out from completion of a residency or receipt of a doctoral degree to participate in the process by which the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) provide health advice to the nation. This direct involvement in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies prepares early-career investigators to contribute to the future direction of health care throughout their careers while also accelerating their career development.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this collaborative program in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies supports up to 10 scholars in a one-year, part-time remote experience. Scholars build upon the work of the National Academies consensus report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (2015), and propose the implementation of programs that will improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.

International Fellowships

The NAM administers two international fellowships: the International Health Policy Fellowship and the NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership

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