The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program is accepting applications through April 12, 2013.Applicants must complete an online application that requires uploading certain materials and forms:
Margaret E. Mahoney was a distinguished Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of NYAM’s Board of Trustees from 1991-1999. She was president of The Commonwealth Fund from 1980 to 1995, and a pioneer in the establishment of health care philanthropy. Throughout her distinguished career, Margaret was passionately committed to addressing the health care and developmental needs of vulnerable populations, especially children.
To honor the legacy of Margaret E. Mahoney, and her commitment to improving health care for vulnerable populations, The Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, The New York Academy of Medicine, and other founding donors announce the creation of a new fellowship program for health professional students, focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention. The program will be guided by a distinguished National Advisory Committee still in formation including: Drew Altman, Robert Brook, Joseph Califano, John Craig, Karen Davis, Harvey Fineberg, Karen Hein, Phil Lee, David Satcher, Donna Shalala, Gail Warden, and Tim Wirth. They are committed to ensuring an enriched leadership development experience for the Fellows through their personal involvement and that of their colleagues.
The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships will provide stipends to support outstanding medical, dental, nursing, public health and public policy students wishing to participate in 8-10 week research and action programs and policy projects addressing the health needs of vulnerable urban populations. Student projects will focus on transforming health care delivery systems and improving access to high-quality, cost-effective care, including preventive services, for low-income, uninsured, and minority urban populations, and/or early childhood health and development. The Fellowship program will also include several leadership sessions throughout the Fellowship period. Fellows will participate in a culminating event at which they will provide an oral presentation of their project, and will also be required to submit a written report within three months after the Fellowship period. On successfully completing the Fellowship, the students will join a Margaret Mahoney Fellows Alumni Association and will continue to be offered unique opportunities for career development.
There will be an initial cohort of 5-7 Fellows with a planned increase to 10 Fellows per year as funding permits. Students will receive a stipend of $4,500 and a travel allowance of $500.
Eligible applicants must be students currently enrolled in medical, dental, nursing, public health, or public policy schools in the United States; must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, or authorized to work in the U.S. throughout the award period. Projects must be conducted over an 8-10 week period between June 1 and September 1 during the application year and must be conducted with or supervised by a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or non-profit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. The program will develop sites for these experiences and match them with selected applicants or applicants may propose their own mentors and projects during the application process (see below).
Click this link to begin the application process. You will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz. Provided that you meet the program eligibility requirements, you will then be asked to register by creating a login and password. With your login and password, you will be able to access the online application, including the forms that you must upload and complete.
- A signed cover letter describing your previous education, research, policy and/or project management experience, and how you see this Fellowship relating to your projected career goals.
- A curriculum vitae
- Specific information on your goals for the Fellowship experience (the online application contains a specific form to be completed addressing option a or b below)
- If you wish the program directors to match you to Fellowship sites arranged by the program, please provide a clear description of your specific goals for the Fellowship, the content areas and types of experiences within the purposes of the Fellowship that are of particular interest to you and the type of organization in which you would prefer to have a working experience
- If you are proposing your own Fellowship placement site and mentor, please provide the name of the organization and the mentor with whom you will be working and describe your proposed activities, the expected product, and how they link to the purposes of the Mahoney Fellowship.
If you are proposing your own Fellowship placement, please provide a signed letter of recommendation from the individual faculty or staff member who will serve as your mentor from the institution in which your project will take place describing the specific project and your role in it; how it links with the goals of the Mahoney Fellowship; the facilities and staff resources available for the proposed project; their expectations for how the experience will contribute to your career interests; and affirming that he or she has evaluated and approved your proposed application.
- A signed letter of recommendation from a senior faculty member at your school affirming that you are a student in good standing and addressing their assessment of your suitability for this kind of Fellowship experience and how they see it contributing to your career development.