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Health Equity Fellowship

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Application Procedure

Health Equity Fellowship for Trainees (HEFT) is part of Health Affairs’ national initiative to advance racial equity in health policy and health services scholarly publishing. Its objective is to value and increase the quality and quantity of racial equity-related research published in the journal authored by members of racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in scholarly publishing.

The objective is to offer fellows multi-layered mentorship from experienced Health Affairs authors and editorial staff for one-year (from January 2023 to December 2023). Mentors work with fellows to make manuscript submissions by fellows more likely to be published in the journal.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a graduate-level (PhD, MD, JD, etc.) student, postdoctoral researcher, or early career researcher who is no more than seven years outside of having earned your graduate degree
  • Identify as American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American/Black, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino (Applications from minority-serving institutions such as Tribal Colleges and Universities, Non-tribal American Indian/Alaskan Native-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions with programs related to public health and health policy are strongly encouraged.)
  • Be engaged in health services research that advances racial health equity among historically marginalized populations
  • Be working on a research project at a U.S.-based (or -territory) institution or organization that is within one year of being submitted for publishing


  • One-on-one mentorship from health equity researchers who have published in Health Affairs
  • One-on-one guidance from Health Affairs editorial staff to increase the likelihood that the fellow’s submitted manuscript will be accepted for publication in Health Affairs or another journal
  • Publication of at least one Health Affairs Forefront post relating to their subject area and/or experience with the fellowship
  • Free one-year membership to Health Affairs Insider, an all access digital pass to everything Health Affairs including special educational opportunities designed to support their research and career advancement
  • Opportunity to serve as a brand advocate for Health Affairs
  • Opportunities to expand their professional networks through engagement with other fellows and peer health services researchers

Application Procedure

  • Abstract of proposed manuscript (draft of manuscript is permissible, but not required)
  • CV and one-page Letter of Intent
  • Enrollment verification (for students and postdocs only)
  • One recommendation letter from someone with whom the applicant has engaged in research

Official Website: Health Equity Fellowship

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