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2020 Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Program Application

Application Process

Fellows will be selected based on prior commitment in the area of health equity and demonstrated leadership potential. The program will build and support a linked group of global, multidisciplinary leaders equipped with the technical knowledge, skills, and network to advance health equity in their organizations and communities. The program will select 10 U.S. and 10 international fellows per year.

Important Dates
Application Process Opens: June 3, 2019
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
Interview Notification: September 2019
Acceptance Notification: October 2019

Who should apply?

Individuals who:
  • Want to become global leaders, understand the foundations of health inequity, and build the knowledge, skills, and courage to create more equitable organizations and communities.
  • Are early to mid-career
  • Are currently engaged in health-related work
  • Are currently in leadership or a position that has potential for leadership
The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program is designed to bring together the many diverse industries and professions that influence health and well-being including but not limited to: art, law, business, academia, government, journalism, social enterprise, research, media, housing, and health care delivery.

Selection Criteria
  • Strength of statement of interest, including past accomplishments that demonstrate a strong commitment to health equity
  • Quality of proposed project
  • Strength of recommendation
  • Letter of Support from employer
  • Result of interview(s)
Program Expectations

Selected fellows will need to:
  • Attend 4 in-person convenings throughout the year = 5 week time commitment
  • Participate in the online curriculum that includes: 1) biweekly online classes,              2) individualized coaching, 3) peer mentoring, and 4) team-based learning = 12-16 hours per month
  • Be proficient in the English language
Please note that all educational experiences and travel expenses related to participation in the fellowship will be covered by the program.

NOTE: Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program recognizes that some communities and leaders may face the threat of discrimination when advocating for equitable treatment. If you believe you are facing extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from completing certain elements of the application please contact us directly regarding your concerns and potential accommodation. Your description of extenuating personal circumstances should address why you are unable to submit certain elements of the application. Please note that these types of situations are rare and any such requests should be placed well before the application deadline. 

If you believe this applies to your circumstances please contact us directly at https://healthequity.atlanticfellows.org/contact

PART I - Demographic

For the purpose of this application, U.S. - base refers to an applicant whose residence and primary work location for the fellowship year are located in the United States. It does not refer to country of origin or citizenship.


Part II - Statement of Interest

Please write a brief statement (no more than 500 words) addressing:

  • The reasons you want to be a fellow, including a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program.
  • A description of your experiences and contributions in health equity, either in your work or through community or volunteer service and how they contribute to your fellowship experience.
  • Plans for continued development of your health equity leadership skills after you complete the fellowship. Explain how you will contribute to the development of health equity at the national, regional or local level in conjunction with your employer. Also how you envision the fellowship experience will affect your overall career goals and direction.
NOTE: Please consider writing your statements in a word document and then transferring them into this form.

Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity Program is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of Fellows. You have the option of submitting a brief statement below that highlights the unique contribution your personal/professional background would make to the Fellow cohort (limit 100 words)

Part III - Project Proposal

Please describe one health equity project you would like to complete during the fellowship year.
The project should focus on a topic that is aligned with issues that you and/or your organization focus on. The project is a key part of the overall leadership learning experience and you will be coached regularly by the faculty team. Your project description should include the following:

NOTE: Please consider writing your statements in a word document and then transferring them into this form.

Introduction, Goal, and Vision (limit 500 words)

This section should include an overview of the health equity topic on which you would like to work, details of why this is important and the location of the project. What is your goal for this project? What is your hopeful vision of the future and how will your project move you closer to this vision?

Timeline (limit 250 words)

What clear, measurable aim can be accomplished during the fellowship? What is your projected completion date?

Institutional Support (limit 250 words)

Describe any financial or in-kind resources your home institution will make available to assist you to implement the proposed project during the fellowship. (Please note: dedicated financial resources are not a requirement for successful application to the fellowship.)

Part IV - Supporting Documents

Your application will not be complete without the following documents attached:

Download the employer support form here 
This form must be complete by someone in a direct supervisory role and should confirm your employers support of your participation in the fellowship program. By providing us with a completed employer support form, you are confirming your employers willingness to serve as your advisor and assisting with your growth as you pursue a focus on change leadership for health equity.

You may choose to upload a 60 second (or less) video to your application to help us to get to know you better. Please note that you will NOT be judged by the production value of your submission. This is an optional submission only. 


Provide the names of two professional references who may be contacted in the final selection process. (One must be from someone in a direct supervisory role).

Part V - Voluntary Self-Identification

Submission of the information within this section is voluntary.

We are dedicated to building a diverse fellowship program and this information will help inform our recruitment efforts. Refusal to provide any of the information within this section will not affect your application. Responses will remain confidential within the program.