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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criterion for the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program consists of the following:

  • Individuals who have completed their doctoral training by the time of entry into the program (September 2014) 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; and engineering.
  • Applicants are expected to have significant research experience.
  • Past training in health-related areas is not a requirement, but applicants must clearly connect their research interests to substantive population health concerns.
  • Applicants should welcome the challenge of building the field of population health.
  • Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Green Card Holders at the time of application and must not be receiving support from other research fellowships/traineeships at the time they begin the program.
  • Additionally, individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.
    • The Officers are the Chairman of the Board of Trustees; President and CEO; Chief of Staff; General Counsel; Secretary; Assistant Secretary; Treasurer; and Assistant Treasurer of the Foundation.
  • Staff members of The New York Academy of Medicine (the National Program Office for the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program) are not eligible to apply for the Program.

Diversity Statement

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. RWJF strongly encourage applications from individual candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. RWJF 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.

The national program office (NPO) does not pre-screen the backgrounds, research projects, writing samples or essays of potential applicants.

Learn how to apply for the Health & Society Scholars Program.