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User's Guide To The Application


The purpose of this site is to familiarize individuals who are interested in applying to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program (HSS) with the application process, and provide assistance and advice in developing the applications.

Important: The application itself details all formal requirements for completing an application. The supplementary information provided here is designed to be helpful, but should not take precedence over instructions provided in the application.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) HSS program contributes to the field of population health by training scholars to investigate the connections among the biological, behavioral, environmental, economic, and social determinants of health. The program encourages its Scholars to disseminate knowledge, research findings and best practices within health-related and academic communities.

Each year the HSS program selects up to 12 outstanding individuals who have completed their doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program at one of four nationally prominent universities.

Individuals who have completed their doctoral training are eligible to apply to the HSS program regardless of the number of years since receiving their doctorate in one of a variety of fields including, but not limited to: behavioral and social sciences, biological and natural sciences, health professions, public policy, public health, history, demography, environmental sciences, urban planning, engineering and ethics. Past training in health-related fields is not a requirement, but applicants must clearly connect their past, current or future research interests to substantive population health concerns . Applicants are expected to have significant research experience. Applicants should demonstrate a strong motivation to contribute to interdisciplinary scholarship with implications for improving population health through translation to practice or policy.

Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions such as academic discipline, race, ethnicity, gender, age, and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from individual candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better we are able to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review the information provided on the HSS program website before beginning the application process.

For an in-depth profile on a few of our scholars and alumni, please visit the HSS Scholars Profiles section of our website.

“The Health & Society Scholar experience allowed me to fully develop a long-term, policy-relevant research agenda. I also made the personal connections that have made me a more effective researcher and leader.”

José A. Pagán, Ph.D.
RWJF HSS Scholar 2003-2005