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Health and Aging Policy Fellows (HAPF) Program

Fellowships to USA Professionals for Training and Projects
in the Field of Healthcare Policy for the Aging Population

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Fellowships to USA and Territories professionals in a range of disciplines to participate in a year-long professional development and enrichment program in the fields of aging and healthcare policy. The fellowship program offers training in communications, professional networking, and current policy issues, providing fellows with the necessary skills and experience to change health and aging policy. The aim of the program is to ultimately improve the health care of older adults.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy. The goal of the program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help lead this effort, and in so doing, shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans. 

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program offers two different tracks for individual placement: 

  1. A residential track that includes a nine-to-12-month placement in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency (as a legislative assistant in Congress, a professional staff member in an executive branch agency or in a policy organization); 
  2. A non-residential track that includes a health/key policy project (with fellows remaining, for the most part, at their home institution) and brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant policy settings. The health policy projects may be global, national, state, local, or institution-based. 

In addition, through a partnership with the veterans health administration, VA employees can participate in the VA track as a non-residential fellow.

Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in all tracks. Mentoring constitutes an important component of the program, and will be provided through a range of sources. The program also includes participation in orientations,  workshops, retreats, and parliamentary exchanges.  

The Program awards fellowships for individuals to advance their careers in gerontology. Residential and non-residential tracks are available for individual placement. Fellows are provided with the skills, content, and hands-on experience to be able to offer policy solutions to the health challenges of an increasingly aging population and the barriers to the healthcare system that serves them.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179606

Number of Grants:

Generally between 10-15 fellows are selected per year.

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Stipends for residential fellows vary and are commensurate with each individual’s current base salary (up to $100,000 annually). In addition to a stipend, financial support will be provided for relocation (up to $4,500), and health insurance, if not able to be covered by the institution (up to $400/month). The program does not cover employment taxes, compensate for retirement savings, or adjust the stipend for cost-of-living differences.

Non-residential fellows may receive up to $10,000 to cover approved project-related expenses and travel costs. It is expected that applicants will secure institutional, in-kind support that will allow them to commit 20% of their time to their policy projects. Non-residential applicants who are early in their career and cannot secure full institutional, in-kind support for their fellowship participation may apply for partial salary support from the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program, up to a maximum of $15,000.

Term of Contract:

- October 1st: Start date of fellowship year.
- September: End of fellowship year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants at all career stages are eligible to apply. However, this fellowship is primarily designed for individuals who have completed professional training or who have a significant career track in the health and aging fields, so individuals who are completing their undergraduate degree are not eligible immediately upon graduation.

The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders. Applicants must have a strong commitment to health and aging issues.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories who have career plans that anticipate continued work in the U.S. after the fellowship period.

The program seeks to achieve racial, ethnic, gender, and discipline diversity; applicants from groups that historically have been underrepresented are strongly encouraged to apply.

VA employees can participate in the VA track as a non-residential fellow. VA applicants are required to secure approval from the VA prior to submitting an application. Details on VA application procedures may be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to participate in one of the scheduled information sessions (via phone) about the program.

- Thursday, December 3, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 PM
- Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 PM
- Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 PM
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 PM
- Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Applications are due by April 15 (or following Monday if 15th falls on a weekend).
- May: Notification of finalists to be interviewed
- June: Interviews and Selection of Fellows. Note: Interviews will be held in Washington, DC. (Travel expenses to and from interviews will be reimbursed by the National Program Office.)
- June - September: NPO and fellows work together to discuss potential placement sites, mentors and related logistics.
- October 1st: Start date of fellowship year.
- October: AcademyHealth Health Policy Orientation in Washington, DC and NPO Aging Policy Orientation in Washington, DC (1 week total).
- November: American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program Orientation in Washington, DC (5 weeks)
- December–January: Placements confirmed for all fellows; residential fellows begin working at placement sites.
- February/March: Communication Workshop in Washington, DC (1.5 days)
- May/June: Spring Symposium in Washington, DC (1.5 days)
- September: Annual Leadership Retreat in Washington, DC (1.5 days)/End of fellowship year

VA applicants are required to secure approval from the VA prior to submitting an application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For further questions, or to arrange a call with Dr. Pincus or Dr. Pike to discuss eligibility or application specifically, please contact the program office.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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