About the Fellowship

Learn directly from the nation’s leaders as they create, and debate, our national health policy through a distinguished post-graduate fellowship in Washington, DC, or through scholarships for graduate education.
Apply for the Fellowship by Oct 13, 2017

About the Scholarship

The Winston Scholarship program recognizes excellence and achievement for students in master’s degree programs in health administration, health policy, and public health by providing ten scholarships of $10,000 per year. Winston Scholars also join a one-day symposium on health policy in Washington, DC.
Apply for the Scholarship by April 14, 2017

Join the Fellowship

Learn about the process of health policy development by working directly with policy-makers in both the public and private sectors. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a twelve-month period beginning in July.
Apply for the Fellowship online by Oct 14


The Fellowship provides the opportunity to expand your knowledge of health policy-making though firsthand, direct exposure to both public and private sector decision makers in Washington, DC.


    The Winston Scholarship program recognizes excellence and achievement for students in certain master's degree programs.


      Winston Scholars join a one-day symposium on health policy in Washington, DC each year.    
2017-2018 Winston Fellows Announced!
WASHINGTON, DC – The David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship is pleased to announce that Rachel Dolin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Michael Budros, University of Michigan, are the 2017-2018 Winston Health Policy Fellowship Recipients. The Winston Fellowship offers a twelve-month post-graduate experience in Washington, DC to students from member universities of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) & Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). Through systematic exposure to organizations, associations and coalitions in the private sector, as well as policy development centers in Congress and the Administration, the program offers Fellows unparalleled opportunities to expand their knowledge of the political system and how health policy is shaped. Three months of orientation visits to key policy development centers in Washington and surrounding areas are followed by a nine-month placement that allows each Fellow to explore current health policy issues in depth while gaining invaluable, firsthand experience in policy making. The selection, as in past years, was extremely competitive, with 56 applicants and 7 individuals selected for interviews. Rachel Dolin currently attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and will graduate in May 2017 with a Doctoral Degree. She has experience with CMS managing program/care delivery evaluation contracts and related health care research. "This opportunity will provide me with new, critical exposure to public- and private-sector leaders and experts in the D.C. health policy world. I also look forward to learning from the broad bipartisan network of accomplished past fellows and board members", Rachel stated. Michael Budros attends University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and will graduate in May 2017 with a Masters of Public Health and Masters of Public Policy. Michael is also currently a Graduate Student Instructor teaching Economics of Health Management and Policy at University of Michigan. According to Michael, ""I am beyond honored to have been selected as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow! I am excited to have this unique opportunity to learn and grow professionally, especially in such a tumultuous time for health policy. The fellowship experience will leave an indelible mark on my career and I look forward to all that it has to offer." "Although the choices were difficult this year, the Winston Board is excited about introducing these two outstanding young health policy professionals to the national health policy discussion. We look forward to working with our new fellows this year and in the future," said David S. Abernethy, the Winston Fellowship’s Managing Director. For more information on the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, its history and application process, please visit www.winstonfellowship.org or contact the Fellowship by Email: Fellowship@winstonfellowship.org.
…I hope that everyone involved with this fellowship realizes what a wonderful legacy you have created in honor of David Winston…. The Winston Fellowship will generate the next generation of health policy experts, and I will always be proud to say I was a Winston Fellow. Chad Shearer

2003 Winston Fellow, Director of the Medicaid Institute , United Hospital Fund

The Fellowship was a wonderful opportunity that provided unparalleled access to health policy experts. Every day of my one-year stint, I met with individuals from the top of their field and learned about the nuances of the issues from them. The Fellowship continues to be a resource and asset for my career in health policy. Meghan Taira

2002 Former Fellow, Legislative Director, Office of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer

2016-2017 Winston Fellows

Olivia Pham, MPSP

Olivia Pham, MPSP

University of Carolina at Chapel Hill

Olivia Pham, born and raised in Oklahoma, received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Oklahoma in 2014. While working towards her undergraduate degree, she served as an intern for the Minority Leadership Staff of the Oklahoma State Senate with most of her work geared toward Medicaid expansion in the state.  Following graduation, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Master of Science in Health Policy and Management. During her time in North Carolina, Olivia worked as a research assistant for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center studying online tobacco vendor compliance with federal and state law. She also served as a Marketplace Navigator during the 2015-2016 open enrollment period. Her main interest lies at the intersection of health policy research and the policymaking process, especially regarding the ways in which research is applied to policymaking. Her other policy interests are widely varied and include the health care safety net, the effect of public health policy on underserved populations, disparities in health care and health outcomes, and health information technology.

The David Winston Fellowship offered a singular opportunity to work alongside the people and processes at the heart of national health policy, and was then thrilled to take the next step in my career. Adrianna McIntyre, MPH, MPP

2015-2016 Fellow

Kripa Sreepada, MHA

Kripa Sreepada, MHA

Cornell University

Kripa Sreepada graduated with her B.S. Honors Degree in Public Health and Minor in Healthcare Ethics from Saint Louis University. Her professional experiences include work as an Administrator Intern at Friendship Village Sunset Hills in Sunset Hills, MO and as an Associate Administrator at Meadow Ridge in Redding, CT. Her full-time work experience has been in these Continuing Care Retirement Communities, but she has completed part-time volunteer work as a Volunteer Ombudsman, Hospice Volunteer, and as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association chapters in St. Louis, MO and Connecticut. In addition, Kripa completed an independent research project entitled, “Improving Transitions for Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease,” which she presented during the 2014 ACHCA Convocation, and which she is currently working on publishing. Kripa is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for the state of Connecticut and completed a summer fellowship at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Kripa recently graduated with her M.H.A. summa cum laude from the Sloan Masters in Health Administration Program at Cornell University and is a current David Winston health policy fellow.

I applied to the Winston Fellowship because I was interested in learning how to look at health systems planning and policy holistically while balancing partisan interests. Lydia Orth, MPH

2015-2016 Fellow