Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice Modelled after the Rhodes Scholarships, the Harkness Fellowships aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries


This fellowship is closed for applications.

  • The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Health Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research, invites mid-career professionals from the UK – government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists – to apply for its Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. 
  • This is a unique opportunity to spend 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
  • Applications for the 2022/23 Harkness Fellowship are now open for individuals from the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway.

The Harkness Fellowships were established by The Commonwealth Fund in 1925. The Harkness Fellowships were modelled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries.

In the UK, the Harkness Fellowships have been supported by the National Institute for Health Research since 2010 and the Health Foundation since 2016.

About the Fellowship

Harkness Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading US experts based at organisations such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Duke University, Harvard University, Kaiser Permanente, RAND Corporation, and Stanford University, to study issues relevant to The Commonwealth Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system. This includes insurance coverage, access, and affordability, health care delivery system reforms, cost containment, and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the US and their home countries.

Fellows are expected to publish the results of their research. Products may include a peer-reviewed journal article or report for a high-level policy audience, as well as issue briefs, op-eds, and blog posts. Depending on the nature of the project, other products more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation also may be encouraged.

The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of fellows throughout the year to participate in a series of high-level policy briefings and leadership seminars with US health care leaders. Building on their fellowship experiences, Harkness Fellows have moved into senior positions within academia, government, and health care delivery organisations, making valuable contributions to health policy and practice at home and in the United States.

The fellowship award provides dedicated research funding and a generous living stipend, including round-trip airfare, a fixed monthly stipend for living expenses, health insurance coverage, and payment of US federal and state withholding taxes. An additional family supplement is provided to fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children under the age of 18. Exact terms of the award may vary by country.

How to apply

To find out more about the Harkness Fellowships, visit The Commonwealth Fund’s website.

Please note, due to the pandemic, we are not accepting applications from Australia and Canada for the 2022/23 Harkness Fellowship year. We encourage interested individuals from Australia and Canada to join the Commonwealth Fund's email list to receive updates on the 2023/24 application cycle.

UK Harkness Fellows

Fredrika Scarth

Fredrika Scarth is a 2019–20 Canadian Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Véronique Raimond

Véronique is a 2019–20 French Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Christer Mjåset

Christer Mjåset is a 2019/20 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. 

Umar Ikram

Umar Ikram is a 2019/20 Dutch Harkness Fellow.

Ines Gravey

Ines Gravey is a 2019/20 French Harkness Fellow, and a hospital director for the Paris University Hospitals.

Martin Chadwick

Martin Chadwick is a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, and the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at New Zealand's Ministry of Health.

Mylaine Breton

Mylaine is a 2019/20 Canadian Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science and Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke.

Anne-Marie Boxall

Anne-Marie is an Australian Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, and Assistant Secretary with the Australian Government Department of Health. 

John Withington

John is a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Nason Maani

Nason is a Harkness Fellow, and Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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