Health Policy Fellowship

Growing the Next Generation of Indian Health Advocates

NIHB Health Policy Fellows are a diverse group of talented Native youth who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities.

Fellows work directly with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue. Then, with the support of program mentors, Fellows learn how to analyze policy in their issue area, create informed recommendations, and advocate for change.

Health Policy Fellows:

  • Learn about the policies that affect the health of Indian people
  • Grow their team-building and leadership skills
  • Educate their Congressional and Tribal leaders on important health issues
  • Learn tips for being effective advocates and community changemakers
  • Present at national conferences and gatherings
  • Contribute to the development of national and Tribal health programs and policies

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get to travel?
Health Policy Fellows meet in-person 3 times throughout the year and attend virtual trainings to grow their advocacy skills.

How long is the program?
Fellowships are for 1 year.

What does the Fellowship cover?
The Fellowship pays for travel and hotel costs to attend in-person meetings. We will also provide free opportunities for professional development, leadership, and skills building.

Am I eligible to be an NIHB Health Policy Fellow?
Native youth who are 18-24, who are an enrolled member of a federally recognized Tribe, and who are interested in exploring Indian health policy, healthcare, and governance are eligible to apply. Strong applicants demonstrate leadership qualities and engagement with their Tribal community.

Apply to Become a Health Policy Fellow

Applications are now closed! Please check back June 15, 2021 for updates and information.

Current Health Policy Fellows

To learn about the current class of Health Policy Fellows click here.

Past Health Policy Fellows

To learn about past Health Policy Fellows click here.


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