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The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships

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The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship program provides stipends for outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development, with an emphasis on policy implications. Fellows are also required to participate in a variety of leadership development activities.

In 2014 we expect to award six Fellowships. Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500, payable in two installments: 2/3 at the beginning of the program and 1/3 upon review of their final reports. No support for indirect costs or laboratory expenses is provided. Up to $500 may be available to Fellows to reimburse certain program-related expenses for which receipts are submitted.

The New York Academy of Medicine administers the program, which also includes seminars on the policymaking process and leadership development, as well as conversations with esteemed health leaders. The program is guided by a distinguished National Advisory Committee: Drew Altman, T. Berry Brazelton, Robert Brook, Joseph Califano, John Craig, Karen Davis, Harvey Fineberg, Karen Hein, the Honorable Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, Phil Lee, Marie McCormick, David Satcher, Donna Shalala, Gail Warden, Mary Wilson, and Tim Wirth. These health leaders are committed to ensuring an enriched leadership development experience for the Fellows through their personal involvement and that of their colleagues. On successfully completing the Fellowship, the students will join a Margaret Mahoney Fellows Alumni Association and will continue to be offered unique opportunities for career development.

About Margaret E. Mahoney

Margaret E. Mahoney was a distinguished Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of NYAM’s Board of Trustees from 1991-1999. She was a pioneer in the establishment of health care philanthropy in her leadership roles at the Carnegie Corporation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and as President of the Commonwealth Fund from 1980 until 1995. Friends and colleagues often referred to her unique ability to assemble the brightest minds to tackle the most critical health care issues of the day, and her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers.

Throughout her distinguished career, Margaret was passionately committed to addressing the health care and developmental needs of vulnerable populations, especially children. While at Commonwealth, she was instrumental in helping to create Healthy Steps, an initiative that encourages physicians to closely monitor a child’s development during the first three years following birth. Through her efforts, Healthy Steps has become a preeminent national model for integrating health care and social services for children in underserved and impoverished communities.

Margaret passed away in December of 2011. To honor her legacy and her commitment to improving health care for vulnerable populations, The Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the New York Academy of Medicine, Carol and David Richards, and other founding donors came together to create this fellowship program for medical, dental, public health, nursing, and public policy students focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must be students currently enrolled in medical, dental, public health, public policy or graduate nursing schools in the United States. They must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, or authorized to work in the U.S. throughout the award period.

Applicants must propose or request to be matched with a research project focusing on health policy (government policy at national/state/local level, institutional, or health facility policy) with clear objectives and a plan for achieving them that can be completed during a 10 week period. Please see the brief descriptions of the 2013 Mahoney Fellows’ projects on the NYAM website for examples of successful projects. The program also expects to offer matches at some or all of the following institutions: The New York Academy of Medicine policy, research and evaluation departments; the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Projects must be conducted between June 9 and August 15, 2014 under the supervision of a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or non-profit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. Fellows are expected to work on their projects full-time during regular business hours for the entire 10 week period, and cannot undertake clinic or other school obligations at the same time. During this period, Fellows will also be required to attend several enrichment activities including a one-day Policy Workshop, Two-Day Leadership Workshop and a Media Training. A schedule will be provided at the start of the program.

Applications seeking support for ongoing dissertation research will not be considered.

Application Process

Applicants must complete an online application that requires uploading certain materials and forms:

1) A personal statement about the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship that connects her/his education, leadership experience and career goals to the Mahoney program, and explains the proposed project or request to be matched with a project:

  • Applicants proposing a project, research site and mentor who will supervise the work should describe the project’s policy relevance and what will be accomplished during the Fellowship time period.
  • Applicants requesting to be matched with a project should describe their policy interests, the experience they would like to have and how they expect it to contribute to their career goals.

2) A letter of support from a project mentor, if applicable.

3) A letter of recommendation from a senior faculty member at the applicant's school affirming that applicant is a student in good standing and assessing her/his suitability for this kind of Fellowship experience and how it will contribute to her/his career development. Applicants should instruct the senior faculty member to e-mail this letter directly to according to the instructions provided in the online application.

4) Resume

Applicants will be evaluated for:

A demonstrated commitment to improving health and well-being of children and/or vulnerable or at-risk populations; a demonstrated interest in health policy; demonstrated leadership potential; potential of project proposal and setting to directly engage applicant in questions of policy change; clear relationship between project and career goals

To begin the application process, click on the link below. You will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz. Provided that you meet the program eligibility requirements, you will then be asked to register by creating a login and password. With your login and password, you will be able to access the online application, including the forms that you must upload and complete.


Award Information

Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500, payable in two installments: 2/3 at the beginning of the program and 1/3 upon review of their final reports. No support for indirect costs or laboratory expenses is provided. Up to $500 may be available to Fellows to reimburse certain program-related expenses for which receipts are submitted.


Contact information

Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029-5202

The mission of The New York Academy of Medicine is to advance the health of people in cities. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public's health; to eliminate health disparities; and preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

How to Apply

Instructions on how to apply for NYAM's research fellowships, student grants, endowed lectures and awards are contained within the description of each program. Please click on your program of interest for full details.

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