2024-2025 VA Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

Dec 13, 2023 | Optometry HQ Announcements

We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 VA/Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. This one-year mentored policy program, sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies in collaboration with The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.

Benefits of participation in this program include formal sessions for fellows in Washington, DC and other locations addressing health and aging policy along with general career development and professional enrichment content; a nationally recognized mentor to assist the fellow’s policy and career development and participation in an ongoing community of peers and mentors.

VA Fellows must be nominated by the Office of Academic Affiliations and will be selected by the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program through a national competition based on the applicant’s commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential and interest in impacting policy. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus: Fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders. The program is open to U.S. citizens at all career stages, with a focus on those early or midway through their careers.

A paid VA appointment is required for all applicants. Part-time VA appointments are acceptable to meet eligibility criteria. Applicants may be VA staff or trainees (e.g., Advanced Fellows).

Please take a moment to read the information about this program provided at the link below and consider those within your VA medical facilities and programs who may benefit from this tremendous opportunity. Kindly share this announcement with your local leaders to identify great candidates!  2024-25 VA Health and Aging Policy Fellows Information.pdf

Stage 1 applications are being accepted at any time up until March 22, 2024, and Stage 2 applications are due no later than April 15, 2024 for the program slated to begin in Fall, 2024.

Informational sessions will be held December 2023 through March 2024 with a special VA-focused informational session on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 2-3pm ET.  All details are available on the link above.

Please contact me if you or any interested applicants have any questions about the program or the application process.

Thank you so very much!



Deborah Ludke, MHA | National Operations Officer

Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development

Office of Academic Affiliations (14AA)

Veterans Health Administration | Department of Veterans Affairs

Cell Phone:  (562) 583-6304


Leadership VA (LVA) Class of 2021