Our Program

  • One year U.S./global fellowship based at the George Washington University in Washington, DC

  • Next Program Dates: January 2020 - December 2020

  • Open to early-mid career leaders involved in work related to health

  • 10 U.S and 10 international fellows per year



The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity is a one year, non-residential fellowship program offered by the George Washington University. The first cohort of fellows was the class of 2017.


To develop global leaders who understand the foundations of health inequity and have the knowledge, skills, and courage to build more equitable organizations and communities.


Fellows will be selected based on a demonstrated prior commitment to health equity and leadership potential. Applications will be accepted from all countries. Fellows must be actively working in a field related to health.

The program will build and support a linked group of global multidisciplinary leaders equipped with the technical knowledge, skills, and network to advance health equity in their communities and institutions. The program will select 10 U.S and 10 international fellows per year.


The program will:

  • blend in-person and online learning to build comprehensive knowledge of national and global health disparities

  • enhance fellows' capability to address these disparities through exposure to content experts and visits to programs and institutions pioneering positive change

  • provide personalized leadership training curriculum that emphasizes practical approaches to creating change


Life-long opportunity

The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity is a part of the network of Atlantic Fellows programs. As such, program graduates (called Senior Fellows) will be eligible to participate in programs of the Atlantic Institute after graduation which will include global interest groups, seminars and conferences as well as grants to support on-going collaborative equity focused projects.


  1. Know Disparities - Develop comprehensive knowledge of fundamental issues related to health disparities, including racism and inequity of opportunity in the health workforce.

  2. Combat Inequity - Study and apply strategic interventions to address inequities in health and health career opportunities that confront organizations, communities, and societies.

  3. Build Leaders - Build and leverage individual leadership skills to enhance personal effectiveness leading change in organizations and communities.

  4. Create a Network - Catalyze the growth of an international network of leaders, working in a broad array of organizations, committed to health equity in those organizations and the society beyond.


The fellows will be expected to:

  • attend 4 in-person convenings throughout the year = a 5 week time commitment

  • participate in the online curriculum, that includes 1) biweekly online 90 minute classes, 2) individualized coaching, 3) peer mentoring, and 4) team-based learning = 12-16 hours/month

Please note that all educational experiences and travel expenses related to participation in the fellowship will be covered by the program.


Health equity is both a foundational and elusive concept. It is foundational because it speaks to the idea of fairness for individuals and populations in realizing the benefits of public health and health care. It is elusive because advantaged populations receive more and better public health and health care, while less advantaged groups receive less – and live shorter lives, as a result.

Fellows seek to bridge the health equity gap and realize better health outcomes for all.


The George Washington University is an active academic citizen of Washington, D.C., the United States, and the world. Our location places us at the core of U.S. government, policy, and law. Our neighbors include the World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and the International Monetary Fund. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media, and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.