FAQ

What is the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship?

The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, formerly the Commonwealth Fund / Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, is a one-year, full-time, academic degree-granting program designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high performance health care for vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged groups.

Established through the support of The Commonwealth Fund in December 1995 and under the direction of the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School, the Fellowship incorporates courses taught in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Business School.

How many fellows will be recruited per year?

Ordinarily, up to five fellowships will be awarded per year.

What benefits does the program provide?

Each fellowship provides support including: a $60,000 stipend, full tuition for a master's level degree, health insurance, books, travel and related expenses, and financial assistance toward the support of a practicum project.

When does the program begin each year?

The program is a 12- month program beginning July 1, at the start of the summer session of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Who is eligible for the Fellowship?

  • Physicians who have completed residency in the U.S., either BE/BC. Additional experience beyond residency, such as chief residency, is preferred.
  • Experience or interest in addressing and improving the health needs of minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations as well as in advancing system change in ways that improve the health for all populations, but with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.
  • Strong evidence of leadership experience or potential, especially as related to community efforts, quality improvement, transformation of health care delivery systems, and/or health policy.
  • Intention to pursue a career in policy, public service, and/or academia.
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

How to apply to the Fellowship?

Applicants are required to complete applications to both The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and the MPH program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Fellowship participation is contingent upon acceptance to both, although applicants not accepted to the Fellowship will still be eligible for admission to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Questions about the Fellowship can be addressed to:

Program Coordinator
The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship
c/o Minority Faculty Development Program
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115-5818
Phone: 617-432-2922
E-mail: mfdp_cfmf@hms.harvard.edu

How to obtain a Fellowship application?

To apply click here.

Can I complete the Fellowship on a part-time basis?

The fellowships are intended for full-time study, and the extensions to complete degrees and the Fellowship on a part-time basis are not acceptable.

I already have an MPH degree, but not in the field of health policy. Can I still apply for the Fellowship?

Applicants with prior MPH degrees are not eligible to apply to the Fellowship to receive another MPH degree. However, applicants with prior MPH degrees are eligible to apply for the Fellowship to receive a Mid-Career MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.  Applicants are required to complete applications to both The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and the Mid-Career MPA program for the Harvard Kennedy School.  Fellowship participation is contingent upon acceptance to both, although applicants not accepted to the Fellowship will still be eligible for admission to the Harvard Kennedy School.

In your advertisement, you put BC/BE required as one of qualifications. What does that mean?

This qualification refers to physicians who are either board certified (BC) or board eligible (BE).