Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program


The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program offers two different tracks for individual placement: (1) a residential track that includes a nine-to-12-month placement in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency (as a legislative assistant in Congress, a professional staff member in an executive branch agency or in a policy organization); and (2) a non-residential track that includes a health policy project and brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. Nonresidential fellows may focus their policy project at a community, state, federal or global level. Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.

Core Faculty

  • Harold Alan Pincus MD, Director
  • Kathleen M. Pike, PhD, Deputy Director


Fellows will be selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories who have career plans that anticipate continued work in the U.S. after the fellowship period. The program seeks to achieve racial, ethnic, gender, and discipline diversity; applicants from groups that historically have been underrepresented are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process and Deadline

April 15th (if April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline moves to the following Monday)

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Harold Alan Pincus, MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Psychiatry
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Columbia University
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 09
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 646.774.5400
Fax: 646.774.8443

Senior Scientist, RAND Corporation


Kathleen M. Pike, PhD
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, CUIMC
Director, Global Mental Health WHO Collaborating Centre at Columbia University
Deputy Director, Health and Aging Policy Fellowship
Columbia University
Phone: 646-774-5308