The Health System Impact Fellowship provides highly-qualified individuals with a doctorate degree in health services and policy research, or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities or research-focused institutes), and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks. Fellows will be exposed to how the health system and related organizations work, how decisions are made, and how research and analytic skills can contribute to an organization’s performance. These awards provide fellows with a paid experiential learning opportunity within such organizations where they will dedicate between 70-100% of their time. Flexibility in the time commitment will enable fellows to make meaningful contributions to an employer’s program of work, become immersed in the culture and operations of the organization, and benefit from mentorship by executive leaders, while also making it possible to protect a portion of time for academic research. Fellows’ experiential learning will also be enhanced through three unique training opportunities:
- Professional development training in an expanded set of competencies (e.g., leadership, negotiation, project management, change management) designed to accelerate their professional growth and better prepare them to embark on a wider range of career paths with greater impact;
- Participation in a national cohort of fellows and leaders from academic and health system and related organizations; and
- Networking and mentorship opportunities with health system and academic leaders from across the country.
The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:
- Support impact-oriented career paths and elevate the career readiness of individuals with a PhD in HSPR or related fields by supporting experiential learning opportunities in Canada outside of the traditional scholarly environment, enriched competency development (e.g., leadership, project management), and national cohort participation;
- Expand and enrich the traditional post-doctoral training environment by engaging health system and related organizations in preparing a cadre of promising PhD graduates for successful careers;
- Provide health system and related organizations with direct opportunities to realize and harness the benefits that PhD-trained individuals can bring to such organizations for improved decision- making.