Friday, March 5, 2010

Congressinal Black Caucus Louis Stokes Urban Health Public Policy Fellows Program

Deadline: April 22, 2010 (postmark date)
Program Dates: August 30, 2010- August 27, 2011
To apply online: - Louis Stokes Fellowship Application

This fellowship is named after retired Congressman Louis B. Stokes of Ohio, who is the founder of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. The primary goal of the program is to increase the pool of qualified, minority health policy professionals who are committed to eliminating health disparities in the United States and abroad.

Program Description
The Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows Program is a 12-month policy training and leadership development program that targets early to mid-level policy professionals who are committed to eliminating health disparities nationally and globally. CBCF Louis Stokes Fellows receive health policy training while working in a CBC Member’s personal and committee office. Typically, they spend five months working in a congressional member’s office and the remaining seven months working on a congressional committee that focuses on health-related issues. CBCF complements the fellows’ policy training on the Hill by providing opportunities to improve and develop leadership skills so they can be more effective in their professional roles.

The program also includes educational enrichment opportunities through seminars on policy and politics. These seminars explore hot-button policy issues, the politics of policymaking and policy implementation, and evaluation of policy already implemented. Fellows are also exposed to the history and work of the Congressional Black Caucus, and prepared to analyze the impact of policies on African Americans and other minority groups.

• U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S.
• Graduate or professional degree in a health-related field (behavioral science,
social sciences, biological sciences, and health professions) from an accredited
institution completed prior to the fellowship start date. In some instances,
extensive and relevant work experience may be substituted for educational
• Familiarity with the federal legislative process, Congress, and the
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
• Demonstrated interest in public policy, and commitment to creating and
implementing policy to improve the living conditions for underserved and
underrepresented individuals.

Selection Process
Selection of a Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:
• A record of academic and professional achievement.
• Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
• Study of how health policies affect African Americans and minorities.
• Demonstrated interest in public health policy.
• Quality of paper application and interview performance.

All of these qualities combined with strong writing skills, adaptability, and demeanor are taken into consideration. Some other considerations are whether the program seems to be a good match for applicant’s stated professional goals and objectives.

Selection of Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows is highly competitive. While the number of fellowships offered depends upon funding, since 2006 there have been two (2) Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows per fellowship class.

Applications are submitted to CBCF and reviewed by a selection committee comprised of CBCF staff, congressional staff, and other stakeholders. CBCF staff conducts the initial review of applications and selects the strongest applicants to become semi-finalists. Semi-finalist applications are forwarded to the full committee, which interviews the semi-finalists in person or by phone. CBCF notifies the finalists and alternates.

Additional Information
All CBCF Fellows must be able to participate for the full term of the program. If selected, applicants are expected to complete all professional qualifying exams, for example, bar exams and medical boards, dissertation defenses, and comprehensive exams before the fellowship or defer until the end of the fellowship. Participants in the Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows Program must reside in or relocate to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Compensation for the fellowship term is $40,000, with benefits. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing, and other associated expenses.

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