Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Disability Policy Research Fellowship

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Northwestern University's Disability Policy Research Fellowship trains MDs and PhDs to

(1)    Develop competency and independence in disability relevant policy research methods;

(2)    Develop effective presentation and dissemination skills for key policy audiences;

(3)    Advance knowledge in a disability-related policy area by designing and executing a policy research project related to the domains identified in NIDILRR's Long Range Plan; and

(4)    Prepare to become a positive change agent in disability policy, helping to shape a healthy and productive future for Americans with chronic illness and disabilities.

The two-year fellowship, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, is designed to address our nation’s need to train disability policy researchers to focus on the critical policy issues facing our nation, given the increasing numbers of persons living with disability and chronic diseases,  longer life expectancies among individuals with congenital and developmental disabilities, and the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions and disabilities in an aging population.

Participants will be provided with:

The Disability Policy Research Fellowship combines key elements from Northwestern’s Integrated Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research with Columbia University’s Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program into a well-integrated, sequential training program.  Fellows will complete coursework and receive robust mentoring on a disability policy research project tailored to their interests during the first year, and an immersive, residential experience in the application of disability policy research in the Washington, DC area during their second year.  Fellows may reside anywhere in the US during Year 1, and will reside in Washington, DC during Year 2.

We welcome emails and phone calls from prospective applicants. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and candidates with disabilities who require accommodations.

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Allen Heinemann, PhD



Megan McHugh, PhD


Application Deadline:

February 1, 2018