Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship Program


The Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship Program enables the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies to train a new generation of health policy and health services research leaders from diverse backgrounds.  It acknowledges Dr. Lee whose life has been devoted to championing greater diversity in our health workforce, teaching and mentoring future health policy leaders, shaping and implementing health policies to improve health care and the health of all people, and fostering innovative health policy research through the establishment of the Institute for Health Policy Studies. 

The fellowship can be undertaken in either one year or two. The specific course of study is tailored to the individual’s needs and career trajectory, while the Program provides an integrated curriculum of coursework, mentoring, and supervised research that emphasizes learning-by-doing in a multidisciplinary environment. While coursework is required, the nature of the courses taken is ultimately up to the fellow. Many of our fellows choose to take a selection of courses from the Training in Clinical Research program, while others choose to take classes more closely tied to their field of interest. 

Postdocs with the University of California are represented by a union, UAW Local 5810, which bargains collectively regarding wages, hours, benefits, and terms and conditions of employment. The most up-to-date information regarding compensation for the PRL Fellowship can be found on their website


Application requirements include: 

  • A current CV
  • Statement of interest: In a well-focused essay of approximately 500 words, please describe how participating in the PRL fellowship program will advance your career and professional goals. Your essay should (1) highlight the areas of health policy that most interest you and (2) be visionary and forward-looking, e.g. describe how the PRL fellowship will facilitate your future work and increase the impact of that work in the real world.
  • Writing sample: The writing sample should reflect your ability to express original ideas. We prefer solo-authored writing samples. The writing sample does not need to focus on health or health policy, nor does the sample need not be published or even a sample of academic writing. Please do submit the sample that you feel best reflects your writing ability; we will request additional samples if needed.
  • Three letters of recommendation. These can be submitted at the time of application, or can be emailed separately to Ashli Butler at [email protected]. If emailed separately, letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline. Should you choose to email your letters, please be sure that the person emailing them includes your first and last name in the subject line of the email.     

The deadline for the 2017-2018 application cycle has passed. If you are interested in applying for the 2018-2019 fellowship, please check back in Fall 2017. 

Any questions regarding the Fellowship Program should be directed to Ashli Butler at [email protected].


Our continuum approach engages potential leaders in many different career stages. Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DHSc, DrPH, etc.) by the fellowship start date in order to be considered. We encourage recent graduates, residents, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career professionals, and policymakers from the U.S. and abroad to apply. Please note that you must live locally during the fellowship, as fellows are required to attend once-weekly meetings for the duration of the program. 


  • Application Deadline: December 15th, 2017
  • Interviews: January and February 2018
  • Selection of fellows: March 2018
  • Start date for selected fellows: July 2nd, 2018