Harkness Fellowships 2024


Commonwealth Fund


Harkness Fellowships offer a unique opportunity for promising mid-career professionals who share our passion for safe and high-quality healthcare — including health and social service providers, researchers, policy-makers, journalists and others with improvement experience. Fellows spend a year in the U.S. supported by a mentor, researching healthcare delivery system reform and critical issues that are on the current healthcare policy agenda in the U.S. and Canada.

Following the fellowship, alumni can apply their knowledge and experience to healthcare improvements in Canada and often progress to senior leadership positions within academia, government and healthcare organizations. Alumni benefit from the strong and lasting network of international contacts they develop through the fellowship.


Harkness Fellowships are designed for mid-career professionals who are committed to advancing health policy and practice by improving health insurance coverage, access to care, the quality and efficiency of care delivery, and advancing health equity.   

All applicants must:  

  • Be established residents of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore or the United Kingdom and eligible to receive a J1 Research Scholar Visa. In addition, applicants must be committed to continuing their career in the country from which they are applying. 
  • Show significant promise as a policy-oriented health care leader. Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds: government/policy, health services research, clinical practice, health care management and journalism, among others. If you have specific questions about whether your career path fits with the Harkness Fellowship program, please contact us.  
  • Have a demonstrated expertise in health policy issues and a track record of informing health policy through research, policy analysis, care delivery or clinical leadership. 
  • Propose a research project that is relevant to both the U.S. and their home country and is focused on creating policy or system-level change.  
  • Have the relevant education and work experience to carry out the proposed research and take full advantage of the fellowship experience. 


The fellowship award provides dedicated research funding and a monthly living stipend (USD8,000), plus round-trip airfare, support for relocation, health insurance coverage, and payment of U.S. 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.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to the Harkness Fellowships web-page. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

Nominations must be submitted directly to the Harkness Fellowships web page. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca by the external deadline.

For More Information

Further information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact ailsakay@uoguelph.ca.

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