The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

  • Funding Type:
    Professional Development Opportunities
  • Opportunity From:

    Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

Opportunity Description:

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. The year-long fellowship offers a rich and unique training and enrichment program that is focused on current policy issues, communication skills development, and professional networking opportunities to provide Fellows with the experience and skills necessary to help affect policy.

Program Tracks 

  • The Residential Track includes a year-long placement in Washington, DC or at a state agency. Residential Fellows are immersed full-time in a policy-focused placement that is determined in the initial phase of the fellowship. Placements may include working as a legislative assistant in Congress, as professional staff in executive agencies, or with 'think tank' organizations, for example. 
  • The Non-Residential Track allows Fellows to remain at their home institutions and requires that they dedicate at least 20% of their time to a "virtual" placement and/or project with federal agencies, Congressional offices, or health and aging policy organizations. This may involve short periods of travel throughout the year to relevant sites. Non-residential Fellows may focus on a health policy project that is global, federal, state, city, or community-based. 
  • The VA Track is a specific non-residential track for VA staff to represent the Department of Veterans Affairs as a VA/Health and Aging Policy Fellow. VA/Health and Aging Policy Fellow participate through the non-residential track of the fellowship.

Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Societal Aging and Age-Friendly Public Health
  • Global Health and Aging
  • Aging at the Federal, State, and/or Community Level


The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and Fellowship cohorts have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, food scientists, city planners, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.



  • Submission deadline: April 15, 2022
  • Notification of finalists to be interviewed: Mid-May 
  • Interviews and selection of Fellows: Mid-June
  • Fellowship begins October 2022


Learn more about the Fellowship



More Information:

Information Sessions for the 2022-2023 Fellowship Year

If you are interested in becoming a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and have questions, we are holding information sessions via Zoom on various dates between December 2021 and April 2022. 

The schedule is as follows (in EST):

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 12–1 PM
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 3–4 PM
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 4–5 PM
  • *Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 12–1 PM - With a focus on VA track
  • Monday, March 7, 2022 from 12–1 PM
  • Monday, April 4, 2022 from 12–1 PM



For further questions, or to arrange a call with Dr. Harold Pincus or Dr. Kathleen Pike to discuss applicant eligibility or the application specifically, please contact the Program Coordinator at the above email address.