2020-21 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice
Call for Applications

The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the co-sponsorship of the New Zealand Ministry of Health in the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, bringing to the programme an invaluable policy perspective and commitment to a high performing health care system that will further enrich the experience of Fellows and their impact upon returning home.

The Commonwealth Fund and the New Zealand Ministry of Health invite promising mid-career professionals - government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, health care system managers, and journalists - from New Zealand to apply for a unique opportunity to spend 10 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. 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.

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading US experts at organizations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to study issues relevant to the Fund’s mission to support a high performing health care system - insurance coverage, access, and affordability; health care delivery system reforms (e.g. bundled payments, accountable care organizations, innovative approaches to care for high need/high cost patients, models of care that better integrate primary care, mental health and social care for vulnerable populations); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the US and their home countries. A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship. Harkness Fellows have published their findings in top-tier journals, including: BMJ, Health Affairsand the New Zealand Medical Journal. Other products, more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation, are also encouraged.  

Each New Zealand Harkness Fellowship provides up to US$113,000 in support, which covers the Fellow’s roundtrip airfare to the US, living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and US federal and state taxes. For families, US health insurance and a US$15,000 travel supplement will be provided.

The Commonwealth Fund values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications from people reflecting these values and cultural diversity are strongly encouraged.

October 7, 2019 is the deadline for receipt of applications from New Zealand.

For further information Visit: www.harknessfellowships.org


Funding of up to $7,000 for health sector women available

Women currently working in the health sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in a leadership development program.  

Funding must be apportioned by the end of March and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to the extended deadline of March 22: www.womenandleadership.co.nz/register 


Neurological Foundation Announces O’Brien Clinical Fellowship

The Neurological Foundation is offering a new Research Fellowship. This Fellowship will be awarded to a New Zealand registered non-medical health professional who is committed to a clinical research career with a major focus on treatment or care of those affected by brain disease or injury, including end of life care. It is intended to enhance their research skills and experience and thus contribute to improved patient outcomes in New Zealand. 

The expectation is that at the end of the Fellowship the successful applicant will work in New Zealand in a clinical or research setting. The duration of the Fellowship is up to two years. 

Applicants should be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents who have a Bachelor or Masters degree, or other relevant professional qualification. 

Fellowship with be available to, but not limited to: 

Clinical Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Trials Managers, Dieticians, Exercise Physiologists, Health Psychologists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Medical Physicists, Neurophysiologists, Neuropsychologists, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Research Nurses, Social Workers, Speech Language Therapists. Those not sure about eligibility should contact the Neurological Foundation Research Manager douglas.ormrod@neurological.org.nz 

The closing dates are May 1st and October 1st each year

The application Form and Advice to applicants are available for the Foundations web site http://www.neurological.org.nz/grants-careers/grants-applications-deadlines/scholarships-fellowships