National Sleep Foundation Call for Health Policy Fellow

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Application Deadline: November 3, 2014

Application Decision Notification: December 5, 2014

Section I. Description

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is accepting applications for a Health Policy Fellow to help advance NSF’s sleep health public policy agenda.  The selected individual will develop relationships with government officials, research sleep health public policy issues, and advance advocacy initiatives.

  • The Fellow is expected to meet with federal government officials (e.g. Senate, Congress, Federal Agencies, etc.) to promote NSF’s sleep priorities and programs, and attend select committee hearings.
  • The Fellow will help develop new initiatives to improve NSF’s public policy agenda.
  • The Fellow is expected to participate in periodic NSF Government Affairs Committee conference calls.
  • The Fellow must commit to serving for a minimum of 6 months, preferably starting January 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2015. The Fellow should expect to commit between 8 and 10 hours per week directly engaged in this activity. 

Section II. Deliverables

The Fellow will be required to provide reports on his/her meetings with government officials and agencies as well as committee hearings attended. 

Section III. Qualifications

The ideal candidate is an early career healthcare professional or social scientist with a strong interest in advancing sleep health public policy. Ideally, candidates will reside in the Washington, D.C. metro area, or can be in the area for a significant portion of the fellowship program period. Candidates without a Washington, D.C. metropolitan address should describe how they plan to satisfy the location requirement. Candidates should hold a graduate-level degree. Candidates with a special interest in improving and influencing healthcare policy at the national level should find this opportunity particularly rewarding.

Section IV. Benefits

The fellow will receive a $25,000 stipend and receive specialized training in government affairs, public policy and media relations.

Section V. Required Applicant Information

Applicants must submit their applications via email with the subject “Health Policy Fellow” to  Text must be at least 12-point font size. 

A. Contact Information.

Full name (first, middle initial, last)




Faculty/administrative title


Academic institution


Department with academic institution


Mailing address

(street, city, state, zip)






B.  Curriculum vitae that highlights applicant’s relevant experience. 

C.  Personal statement describing why applicant’s experience and qualifications are well-suited for the Health Policy Fellowship. (300 words maximum)

D. If applicant is in an academic position, a letter from program’s supervisor attesting that the applicant has flexibility within his/her current obligations to undertake this position. (Letter must not exceed one page)

Section VI. Application Review & Notification Process

NSF will evaluate all submissions and notify candidates regarding the acceptance or rejection of their applications by email.  Only one Fellow will be selected.  The selected Fellow must submit a completed IRS Form W-9 within 10 business days of selection.

Section VII. Questions

Questions must be submitted by email with subject of “Health Policy Fellow – Question” to   Phone inquiries will not be accepted. 

About the National Sleep Foundation

The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America® poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities.