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The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships

The application cycle for 2015 is now closed.

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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 and will have the opportunity to meet local and national health policy leaders.

The 2015 program will run from June 8-August 14. Fellows must be available to work on their projects full-time during business hours in this 10 week period. Fellows cannot undertake clinic or other school obligations during the program.  No exceptions will be made.

In 2015 we expect to award seven Fellowships. 

The New York Academy of Medicine administers the program, which 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 masters-level students currently enrolled in medical, dental, public health, public policy or graduate nursing schools in the United States. Doctoral students are not eligible to apply.  Applicants 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 a research project and research mentor. The project should focus on a health policy issue (government policy at national/state/local level, institutional, or health facility policy) with clear objectives and a plan for making progress on this issue that can be completed during a 10 week period. Please see the brief descriptions of the 2014 Mahoney Fellows’ projects on the NYAM website for examples of successful projects. Projects must be conducted under the supervision of a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or non-profit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area.

During the Summer of 2015, Fellows are expected to work on their projects full-time during regular business hours for the entire 10 week period between June 8 and August 14, except for when participating in the program's required enrichment activities. Fellows cannot undertake clinic or other school obligations in this 10 week period.  

Enrichment activities include but are not limited to a Policy Workshop, a Leadership Workshop, Conflict Management and Negotiation Workshop a Media Training, and Career Panel. A schedule will be provided at the start of the program and may be amended as opportunities arise.

Application Process

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

1) A personal statement (maximum 1000 words) 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. Applicants should describe the project’s policy relevance and what will be accomplished during the Fellowship time period.

2) A letter of support from a project mentor

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 the following:

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; and for a clear relationship between the proposed project and the applicant's 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.


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Award Information

Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 intended to cover living expenses.  This stipend is 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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