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May 31, 2018

Sponsor of this episode: 57 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists Course - let's talk about YOUR career! 
Guest: Dr. Vicki Johnson
Founder and Director, ProFellow
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Vicki Johnson is Founder and Director of ProFellow, the leading online resource for information on professional and academic fellowships. Vicki has had a varied career in emergency management, public health, public policy and entrepreneurship. Vicki began her career as a New York City Urban Fellow, where she worked for the NYC Office of Emergency Management during the recovery from the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks. She has also participated in several other competitive fellowship programs, including the German Chancellor Fellowship in Germany (2003-4), the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship in Washington, DC (2005), and the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy in New Zealand (2011). While in New Zealand, she co-founded the website with her husband Ryan. The site  includes a free, searchable database of more than 1,000 fellowship opportunities at career levels and in all disciplines. Vickihas a BA in Government from Cornell University, a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Emergency Management from Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Early Career Fellowships for Pharmacy and Healthcare:

Previous Pharmacy Podcast Episodes on Fellowships for Pharmacy Majors out of school (early career):
Merry Midyear - in 4 parts - of which some focuses on Fellowships: 

Early and Mid-Career Fellowships for Pharmacy, Healthcare, Public Health and Policy:

Culture of Health Leaders (RWJF):

Each leader will have access to up to $20,000 per year for three years (total of up to $60,000). Additional tools and resources will be available for year 3 project-related activities. The Culture of Health Leaders program provides cross-sector leadership development based on evidence, informed by experience, and grounded in principles of equity and social justice. The program is open to individuals from a variety of disciplines—such as technology, the arts, public policy, business, community development, education, transportation, public health, health care, and others—who are committed to working with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. 

This program offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals—academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, and journalists—to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries. The Fellowship provides up to $87,000 (AUD) for the maximum term of ten months, with a minimum stay in Australia of six months required. There is also a family supplement available (e.g. approximately $50,000 for a spouse and two children).

Some additional examples:
Carol Emmott Fellowship
The Fellowship offers a 14-month self-guided program for women professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential in the health field and wish to increase leadership competencies, hands-on experience, and work with exceptional mentors. Each fellow is paired with two hand-selected mentors who are nationally recognized senior health leaders. Each fellow receives an honorarium to help cover desired professional development enrichment experiences. Additionally, fellows attend four sponsored onsite events that provide a framework for the program. Candidates are nominated by their sponsoring organization; qualified nominees are invited to apply.
Foster America
Bringing skills from business, public health, education, marketing, technology, and public policy backgrounds, Foster America fellows provide the spark to create dramatic change and improve the lives of children. Our fellows are embedded at government or nonprofit child welfare agencies for one year, joining reform-minded colleagues and mentors to pursue better results. Prior to the start of the fellowship, fellows receive an intensive two-week training. Fellows work full-time at their placement agency, receiving an annual salary of up to $90,000, plus benefits. Candidates must have authorization to work in the U.S.

Tips on Great Fellowship Applications:
1. You may have to apply more than once, if you're really interested and it is highly competitive.
2. Understand the fellowship's mission - and be sure to advance the mission in your application and your projects. What are they trying to achieve?
3. Speak to at least 3 former fellows of the program - at ProFellow network, or find them on LinkedIn or Google search.
4. Think about your story - what's your career track? Express your story to others through your written application, along with what you'll do AFTER the fellowship.

"Let yourself be lucky." - Dr. Vicki Johnson