Please note that the College is required to nominate you.  If you are interested, please contact the GM (, who will arrange for your name and details to be presented to the Executive Committee for consideration.  Please do so BEFORE 1 September so we can process your application.

The Commonwealth Fund invites you to nominate candidates for the 2020-21 New Zealand Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice. Established in 1925, the Harkness Fellowships were modeled after the Rhodes Scholarships and aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries.

Beginning in 2019, we are pleased to announce that the New Zealand Ministry of Health will co-sponsor the New Zealand Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, bringing to the program 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.

While all interested applicants are welcome to apply, we encourage nominations and appreciate your taking the time to identify potential applicants for this prestigious Fellowship program.

The College will nominate proposed candidates.

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About the Fellowship

The Commonwealth Fund invites 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. New Zealand Harkness Fellows will be part of a class that includes fellows from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. 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, better models of primary care for vulnerable populations); cost containment; and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries.

Products of the fellowship may include a peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences, as well as Issue Briefs, Op-Eds, and Blogs. Other products, more relevant to frontline delivery system innovation, are also encouraged.

The Commonwealth Fund brings together the full class of Fellows throughout the year to participate in a series of high-level policy briefings and leadership seminars with U.S. health care leaders.

It was an exceptional year, and one that has been critically influential for me, both personally and professionally. The fellowship introduced me to leading thinkers, researchers, policy-makers, and innovators across the country, many of whom I continue to connect with today. I was challenged and encouraged to pursue my interests and create my own direction – the knowledge, skills, and confidence I gained have been invaluable. As a family, we loved the experience and thrived in the environment. We experienced incredible generosity from the US people, from the vice-president of a major medical center spending an hour discussing leadership and risk-sharing with me, to an invitation from our neighbours to watch the Super Bowl in their home. I cannot recommend the Harkness Fellowship highly enough, and would do it again if I could!

  • Juliet Rumball-Smith (2016-17 Fellow), Chief Clinical Advisor, New Zealand Ministry of Health

Each NZ Harkness Fellowship provides up to U.S. $113,000 in support, which covers roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. (Families may participate at their own expense. For families coming to the U.S. for the fellowship period,  health insurance and roundtrip airfare are provided;  for families residing in NZ, a $15,000 USD travel supplement will be provided to enable visits during the year).

The Commonwealth Fund values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and candidates who come from Māori and Indigenous communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for receipt of applications from New Zealand is October 7, 2019 (9:00 am Eastern)

To learn more about the Fellowship go to:

Please feel free to contact: Robin Osborn, Director of the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice at with any additional questions about eligibility, the project, or the application process.