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Eligibility Requirements


Researchers with a doctoral degree in HSR or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Note: You may apply for the fellowship if you will receive your doctoral degree before the fellowship start date. We anticipate most applicants will have finished their training in the last three years, but a more experienced candidate considering a career shift will also be considered.

Application Instructions


Applications must include:

  • A completed Fellowship Application Form, including:
    • Current NIH Biosketch.
    • One analytic writing sample (no more than 10 pages, including references).
      • Note: There is a strong preference for the submission of a sole-authored writing sample (even if unpublished). The submission of a multi-authored writing sample will be accepted; however, authorship role must be clearly defined.
    • A statement of interest/essay (no longer than 1,000 words) addressing the applicant’s:
      • Interest in conducting rigorous quality improvement and applied research studies in delivery system settings;
      • Preparation and qualifications for the DSSF; and
      • Personal learning objectives and the value of the fellowship to the applicant’s career plans and goals.
  • Supporting documentation, including:
    • Two letters of recommendation. Applicants must indicate referee information as part of the application. All letters must be:
      • On official letterhead
      • Signed by your reference
      • References have until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 19 to submit their letter.
    • For doctoral students only: documentation of anticipated degree completion
      • Current doctoral candidate applicants must submit a departmental document on official letterhead indicating anticipated degree completion status.

*Applicants should include their full name on all supporting application materials.

Selection Criteria


The selection committee will evaluate the applications based on:  

  • The applicant’s qualification for the fellowship;
  • Clear statement of professional goals related to the fellowship program;
  • Appropriateness for placement at a particular site;
  • Quality of the analytic writing sample; and
  • Letters of recommendation.

Privacy Policy


AcademyHealth is committed to ensuring your privacy and understands your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information ("personal information") you share with us. Personal information means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a home or other physical address and an email address or other contact information, whether at work or at home.

All AcademyHealth DSSF applications will be kept confidential and will only be used for the purpose of evaluating applicants. By submitting your application to AcademyHealth for consideration as a Delivery System Science Fellow, you acknowledge that AcademyHealth will not return submitted materials to applicants.