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Harvard Graduate Fellowship in Health Policy

The fellowship is available to a Harvard student currently engaged in graduate studies at the university. The fellowship is for work in the area of health care economics and policy.

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The fellow will report to the Director for the Center for Health Policy Studies.

During the fellowship, the fellow will work on one or more projects. These will be agreed upon with the Director prior to the fellowship and must be compatible with the work and goals of the Foundation. The projects typically will include research and writing, including writing that may be published by The Heritage Foundation (provided the writing meets the Foundation’s standards and is relevant to its planned publications). Dr. Robert Moffit of the Center for Policy Innovation will assist in supervising the fellow’s research and writing. In addition, the fellow will work with analysts in the Foundation’s Department of Domestic and Economic Policy Studies. The fellow will play a full part in the research work and all activities of the Foundation.

The fellowship is open to students from Harvard Medical School or the School of Public Health. The fellowship is also open to students with a focus on health policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and from other departments in the university.

The fellow will have the title “Graduate Fellow.”

This is a paid fellowship.

Housing for the fellowship is provided in The Heritage Foundation Johnson Building at 208 Massachusetts Avenue, Northeast.

This graduate fellowship is made possible by a contribution to the Heritage Foundation by Robert T. Lewit, M.D., Harvard College, '59 and Harvard Medical School, '63.

To be considered for the Health Policy Fellowship at the Heritage Foundation you must meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in the Washington, DC area during the 12-week program and be available 40 hours per week for the full length of the program. Start and end dates are determined with the Health Policy Center.
  • Enrolled in, or recently completed, a graduate program in health policy, public policy, medicine, economics, statistics, business, or other policy-related field.
  • Excellence in quantitative analysis and statistical methods, evidenced by graduate-level statistics and methods courses.
  • Interest in The Center for Health Policy Center mission (i.e., entitlement program reform, tax treatment of health care, state health care reform).

Information and Applications

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis in The Center for Health Policy Studies; please submit applications at the earliest opportunity to be considered for a fellowship during the same calendar year.

The Heritage Foundation will select the Graduate Fellow.

To apply for the fellowship, please mail or e-mail:

  • Application form.
  • Your resume.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Harvard faculty member. You may include an additional letter of recommendation from another individual.
  • A letter explaining why this opportunity at The Heritage Foundation is of interest to you and why you believe you should be selected for the fellowship.

For more information on the Foundation's Center for Health Care Policy, see:


If you have questions about the fellowship, please contact:

Leslie C. Merkle
Senior Program Administrator
The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington DC 20002


Phone: 202-608-6164
E-mail: leslie.merkle@heritage.org