Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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Policy Fellowship

The two-year Disability Policy Research 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 scientists to focus on the critical policy issues facing our nation, given the increasing numbers of residents 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.

The fellowship trains MDs and PhDs to:

  • Develop competency and independence in disability relevant policy research methods
  • Develop effective presentation and dissemination skills for key policy audiences
  • 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
  • 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

Participants will be provided with:

  • Mentoring, protected research time and annual stipend
  • Full tuition to earn a master’s degree in health services and outcomes research (year 1; may reside anywhere in the United States)
  • Placement in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant in Congress or professional staff member in an executive agency or policy organization (year 2)
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds for conference travel


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


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