Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs

Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

Supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation

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.

Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program

The Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program increase the NAM’s engagement with exceptional, interdisciplinary early- and mid-career professionals working in biomedical science, population health, health care, health policy, and related fields. The ELHM Program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation between the emerging leaders, NAM members, and experts across sectors.

FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

A collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and the NAM, this 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to the regulation of tobacco products and FDA’s authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

International Fellowships

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

NAM Fellowships

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 young investigators to contribute to the future direction of health care throughout their careers while also accelerating their career development.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows

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.


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