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 open.
Read through the application details and requirements and apply now!
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 2021 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.
- May 4, 2020: Fellowship application opens
- July 13, 2020: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. All application materials and forms must be received; any information received after this date will not be considered.
- July 31, 2020: Notification of application status via email
- August 2, 2020: Deadline to confirm participation
- September 14–16, 2020: In-person Session at PAEA Offices in Washington, DC
Required Application Materials
To apply for the Student Health Policy Fellowship, you must submit:
- A resume/CV
- A personal statement describing your past experience in health policy, advocacy/leadership, and why you would like to pursue this opportunity (less than 500 words)
- A policy analysis analyzing one section of either the Physician Assistant Higher Education Modernization Act (HR 1685) or the Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act and reflecting on its potential impact on PA education (less than 500 words):
- H.R. 1685, Section 2: Instituting Borrowing Parity for Physician Assistant Students Under the Federal Direct Loan Program
- H.R. 1685, Section 4: Grants for Physician Assistant Programs at Historically Black Colleges and University and Predominantly Black Institutions
- H.R. 1686, Section 2: Expanding Clinical Training Opportunities for Physician Assistants
- Program Director Certification/Faculty Mentor Assignment Form: This document is completed by your program director and confirms your ability to participate in the fellowship.
Please note that your application is not complete until your Program Director Certification/Faculty Mentor Assignment is received!
Applicants will be evaluated on the following:
- Personal Statement
- Quality of past experience in health policy, leadership, or advocacy
- Clear articulation of why you would like to be selected for the fellowship
- Demonstration of interest in using learned skills to be an advocate leader
- Connection to the fellowship’s objectives of promoting advocacy, leadership, and PAs in the health care environment
- Writing quality
- Policy Analysis
- Demonstration of your understanding of the analyzed provision
- Writing quality
All PA students in an accredited PAEA member program are eligible and encouraged to apply, including incoming, first-year, and second-year students. Incoming PA students are eligible to apply if they will be enrolled as of September 1, 2020. Second-year students are eligible to apply if their graduation date is no earlier than August 1, 2020.
The program director must sign the certification form, attest that the student is in good academic and professional standing, and agree that the student will be released from classes September 14–16, 2020. In addition, the program director must assign a faculty mentor in advance to assist the fellow with the advocacy project.
Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.