Student Health Policy Fellowship

For more than five years, PAEA has welcomed PA students from across the country to apply for our Student Health Policy Fellowship (SHPF). In recognition of the critical role of PA representation in health policy debates at the local, state, and national levels, this fellowship opportunity provides students with the skills necessary to serve as effective leaders on behalf of PA education and the PA profession.

The application cycle is now closed.


The SHPF is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the political process and health policy. The ultimate goal is to inspire and prepare fellows for lifelong grassroots advocacy, both in Washington and at home, that promotes the PA profession as an integral part of the health care system.
This program starts with a three-day intensive workshop in Washington, DC, on September 8–11, where fellows will learn about advocacy and policymaking processes, interact with fellow leaders, and meet with their representatives and staff on Capitol Hill. By the end of the fellowship, participants will have developed skills in three key areas:


Fellows will learn how the legislative process works at the federal level and how to become effective advocates for PA education and the PA profession.


Fellows will build and refine the skills necessary to organize and lead others in both advancing health policy priorities and serving as an advocate for the PA profession at the local, state, and national levels.

PAs and the Health Care Environment

Fellows will develop an appreciation for grassroots advocacy in advancing the goals of PA education and practice in communities.

Students take part in the Health Policy Fellowship at PAEA's offices.


In addition to the three-day meeting in Washington, DC, the fellowship requires that each participant complete an advocacy project under the guidance of a program faculty mentor by September 2020 and agree to participate in periodic follow-up surveys from PAEA. Advocacy projects should be creative and demonstrate a positive impact on the PA profession, local or state community, or PA programs. Examples of past projects include:

  • Organizing a lobby day at the state capitol
  • Hosting a member of Congress at your PA program
  • Student advocacy presentations at PA state association meetings
  • PA awareness campaigns with community health centers

Students who are accepted will receive guidelines on the development of a project proposal during the fellowship experience in Washington, DC.



“It was an amazing experience to actually conduct meetings on the hill and contribute in that way. It may seem intimidating at first, but when you are truly passionate about something, it is surprising how easy it is to talk about those topics. Everyone at PAEA helped us to feel prepared and confident so that we could make the most of the experience.”

Marissa Weeks, 2018–2019 Student Health Policy Fellow


“I hope to encourage my classmates and future…PA students to explore this fellowship as a supplement to their education, and I hope to motivate PAs and students…to support their patients through leadership and advocacy.”

Bridget Gallagher, 2018–2019 Student Health Policy Fellow


Please email with any questions.