The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows (RWJF) program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C.

Class of 2021-2022

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program seeks to build and maintain strong and diverse leadership and a workforce skilled in health policy.  Fellows have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with key players in federal health policy and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Since 1973, this non-partisan fellowship has offered direct, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the nation’s capital to exceptional mid-career health professionals, behavioral/social scientists, and others with an interest in health and health care who:

  • Possess the skills and commitment to using the fellowship experience to provide leadership in improving health, health care, and health policy at the national, state, or local level;
  • Bring a depth of expertise and knowledge about health and health care to the policymaking process; and
  • Can offer an informed perspective on important and complex challenges facing health policymakers.

More than 300 fellows from across the nation have gained an insider's perspective of the political process, develop unmatched leadership skills, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime.

The National Academy of Medicine conducts and administers the fellowship, with funding support from RWJF.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is striving to build a national Culture of Health where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

Since its founding in 1972, RWJF has worked to improve health and healthcare in the United States. RWJF supports efforts to build a national Culture of Health rooted in equity that provides every individual with a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. The RWJF Fellowship program is an integral part of achieving that vision.

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Founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States. Operating under the 1863 Congressional charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that work outside of government to provide objective advice on matters of science, technology, and health.

Established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), the NAM is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  For more information, visit  Follow the NAM on Twitter at @theNAMedicine or on Facebook at