Application Process

Fellows will be selected from the United States and abroad, based on prior commitment in the area of health equity and demonstrated leadership promise. The program will build and support a linked group of global, multidisciplinary leaders equipped with the technical knowledge, skills, and network to advance health workforce equity in their communities, institutions, and professional circles. The program will select 10 U.S. and 10 international fellows per year.

Important Dates

  • Application Process Opens: June 2019

  • Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

  • Interview Notification: September 2019

  • Acceptance Notification: October 2019


  • Your personal information will only be used for the purpose of contacting you regarding your application. We will not share this information with any third parties.
  • You will be asked to provide information about you, your employment setting, professional field, etc.
  • Things to note, include:
    1. country of citizenship (i.e. the country in which a person is born and has not renounced or lost citizenship or naturalized)
    2. country that you work and reside in (determines if you are an international or domestic applicant)


Please write a brief statement (no more than 500 words) addressing:

  • The reasons you want to be a fellow, including a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program.
  • A description of your experience and contributions in health equity, either in your work or through community or volunteer service, and how they will contribute to your fellowship experience.
  • Plans for continued development of your health equity leadership skills after you complete the fellowship. Explain how you will contribute to the development of health equity at the national, regional, or local level, in conjunction with your employer, and how you envision the fellowship experience will affect your overall career goals and direction.


Please describe one health equity project you would like to complete during the fellowship term. The project should focus on a topic that is aligned with issues that you and/or your organization(s) focus on. The project is a key part of the overall leadership learning experience and you will be coached regularly by the faculty team. Your project description should include the following:

  • Introduction, Goal, & Vision: This section should include an overview of the health equity topic on which you would like to work, details of why this is important, and the location of the project. What is your goal for this project? What is your hopeful vision of the future and how will your project move you closer to this vision?
  • Timeline: What clear, measurable aim can be accomplished during the fellowship? What is your projected completion date?
  • Institutional Support: Describe any financial or in‐kind resources your home institution will make available to assist you to implement the proposed project during the fellowship.


Your application will not be complete without the following:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Employer support form: This form must be completed by someone in a direct supervisory role and should:
    • Confirm your employer's support of your participation in the fellowship program
    • Confirm their willingness to serve as your advisor, assisting with your growth as you pursue a focus on change leadership for health equity.
  • Two professional references who may be contacted in the final selection process (One must be from someone in a direct supervisory role)

Note: The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program recognizes that some communities and leaders may face the threat of discrimination when advocating for equitable treatment. . If you believe you are facing extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from completing certain elements of the application please contact us directly regarding your concerns and potential accommodation. Your description of extenuating personal circumstances should address why you are unable to submit certain elements of the application. Please note that these types of situations are rare and any such requests should be placed well before the application deadline.

If you believe this applies to your circumstances please contact us.


  • Submission of this information is completely voluntary.
  • We are dedicated to building a diverse fellowship program and this information will help inform our recruitment efforts. Refusal to provide it will not affect your application. Responses will remain confidential within the program.


Individuals who:

  • Want to become global leaders, understand the foundations of health inequity, and build the knowledge, skills, and courage to create more equitable organizations and communities
  • Are early to mid-career
  • Are currently engaged in health-related work
  • Are currently in leadership or a position that has potential for leadership

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program is designed to bring together the many diverse industries and professions that influence health and well being including, but not limited to: art, law, business, academia, government, journalism, social enterprise, research, media, housing, and health care delivery.


  • Strength of statement of interest, including past accomplishments that demonstrate a strong commitment to health equity
  • Quality of proposed project
  • Strength of recommendation
  • Letter of support from employer
  • Result of interview(s)


Selected fellows will need to:

  • attend 4 in-person convenings throughout the year = 5 week time commitment
  • participate in the online curriculum, that includes: 1) biweekly online classes, 2) individualized coaching, 3) peer mentoring, and 4) team-based learning = 12-16 hours/month
  • be proficient in the English language
  • remain in their place of employment for the duration of the program

Please note that all educational experiences and travel expenses related to participation in the fellowship will be covered by the program.


  • Know Disparities
  • Build Leaders
  • Create a Network
  • Combat Inequity