Fellowship in Health Policy and Media

The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing is currently review applications for our Fellowship in Health Policy and Media. The next application cycle will be in spring 2022. 

Applications were invited from individuals with a record of accomplishment in education, practice, leadership, or policy and a demonstrated interest in health policy. Each Fellow will develop and implement a project focusing on a specific policy area relevant to nursing. Suggested areas of focus are proposed below.

This unpaid, non-residential Fellowship is one year in length (7/1/2021-6/30/2022) but may be extended for up to one additional year. Conditions permitting, fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. at least once during the year to meet with Center faculty and staff. Other work and contact will be conducted through distance technology.

Fellows will be provided with:

  • Mentorship with a Center faculty member
  • Opportunities to network 
  • Opportunity to expand knowledge of a specified area of health policy with the support of GW faculty expertise
  • Development of expertise in integrating policy and media
  • Continuing education opportunities, including Summer Policy Institute participation (when available)
  • Ability to audit Advisory Board meetings 
  • Access to library resources (if needed)
  • Courtesy appointment as a Senior Research Service Professor

Fellows will work with their faculty mentor to identify specific deliverables and will participate in Center activities.

Who can apply

The Fellowship is open to health care professionals (e.g., nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, physicians, public health professionals), senior-level journalists, policy analysts and researchers. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and commitment to health and understanding health policy at the federal, state or local levels.

Suggested Areas of Scholarship


  • Advanced practice nursing scope of practice
  • Age-Friendly initiatives
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Bringing nurses’ expertise to media and public discussions of health, health care, and health policy
  • Digital equity among older adults
  • Financing and workforce of hospice and palliative care
  • Health workforce
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Health equity among older adults with cognitive impairment


  • International health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Models of primary care - access, cost and value
  • Nursing leadership
  • Palliative care for people with kidney failure
  • Patient and family engagement
  • Professional use of social media
  • Tobacco & public health policy
  • Vaccination & public health policy
  • Women’s health


Application Requirements

To be considered for this Fellowship, please complete the online application below. Be prepared to submit the following:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • A Statement of Purpose of no more than three pages, outlining:
    • Professional background
    • Policy-related experience
    • Area of interest (whether one of the suggested topics above or not)
    • An initial proposal for a project to be completed during the Fellowship

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Final candidates will be selected to interview via distance technology with Center faculty. The next application cycle will be in spring 2022. 

About The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement

The Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at The George Washington University School of Nursing is committed to…

  • Increasing the visibility of nurses across health care disciplines to educate the public about their expertise, perspectives and work.
  • Educating nurses, allied health professionals, and students in health policy and media.
  • Using research and scholarship to inform policy discussions and solutions.
  • Designing curricula, experiences and mentorships that support nurses and allied health professionals as leaders in advancing the health of populations and policies that improve delivery systems for high-quality care.
  • Increasing knowledge and skills of nurses and allied health professionals in using the media to disseminate research and informed perspectives that will shape health policy.
  • Engaging the public in discussions of health policy with nurses, allied health professionals and journalists.

Mission and Goals

Questions? Email [email protected]