Student Health Policy Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for this fellowship. However, we are taking applications for the Future Educator Fellowship. The deadline is July 14.

Do you like going behind the scenes? Are you curious about how things really get done? Then apply for the 2017-2018 PAEA Student Health Policy Fellowship program. Up to 14 PA students will be selected to participate in this special program designed to foster leadership and advocacy skills.


The PAEA Student Health Policy Fellowship is designed to enhance students’ understanding of political processes and health policy. The goal is to inspire and prepare fellows for grassroots advocacy that promotes the PA profession as an integral part of the health care system.

This program is a three-day intensive workshop in Washington, DC, where fellows will learn, interact with fellow leaders, and advocate 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 and state levels, and how to become effective advocates.

Fellows will build and refine the skills necessary to organize and lead others in advancing healthy policy issues at the local, state, and national level.

PAs and the Health Care Environment
Fellows will develop an appreciation for the role of PAEA and AAPA in advancing the goals of PA education and practice in communities.


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 2018.  Advocacy projects should be innovative 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.


Deadline for fellowship application: July 7
Notification of selection: August 1
Student Health Policy Fellowship Meeting: September 9–13

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit application materials through the online application form. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. ET on July 7. Applications must include the following:

  1. A completed program director certification form
  2. A personal statement describing: past experiences in health policy, leadership/advocacy of any type, or why you would like to pursue this opportunity. We encourage creativity and welcome short video clips and other innovative uses of technology. 
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  4. Each applicant must choose one section below from either the Physician Assistant Higher Education Modernization Act of 2017 (HR 1603) OR the Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act of 2017 (HR 1605) and reflect on the impact the provision could have on PA education. Consider what passage of this legislation would mean for PA students, faculty, and/or programs. If creating a video or a technology platform for both the personal statement and response to the legislation, please make a clear distinction between the two parts. Please choose from the following sections:
    • HR 1603, Section 2: Increasing Loan Limits for Physician Assistant Students Under the Federal Direct Loan Program
    • HR 1603, Section 6: Grants to Rural-Serving Institutions of Higher Education for Physician Assistant Education Programs
    • HR 1605, Section 2: Improvement Activity Credit for Service as a Clinical Preceptor for Physician Assistant Training

For both the personal statement and policy analysis, please limit video/media clips to three minutes in length; if written, please limit to two pages (double-spaced).


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, 2017. Second-year students are eligible to apply if their graduation date is no earlier than August 1, 2017.

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 9-13, 2017. 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.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completed application per instructions
  2. Creativity of personal statement and responses to questions
  3. Proof of eligibility as described above


Fellows will be covered for all reasonable expenses including travel, hotel, and meals during the fellowship. Please note: students will not be required to cover travel and hotel costs up front; PAEA will reserve hotel space, and travel arrangements will be made directly with PAEA’s travel agency.


Please email with any questions.