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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellows


With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University will recruit new Ph.D. students whose research interests include health and health policy. The students will earn a doctorate from Vanderbilt's Department of Economics, be trained with a concentration in health and health policy, and participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Meharry-Vanderbilt Center for Health Policy. At the core of the Center's mission is the education of a new generation of leaders in health and health policy studies, leaders whose diversity reflects the full diversity of the U.S. population. As such, the Center represents a collaborative effort between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt's Department of Economics. Meharry Medical College is the nation's oldest historically black medical school.

The new Ph.D. students will receive a generous funding package which includes a base stipend of $17,700, an additional $10,000 topping-up award, $4,500 in summer funding, a full-tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students will complete the requirements for a Ph.D. in Vanderbilt's Department of Economics as well as participate in seminars and other research activities at Meharry Medical College.

The deadline for applications for admission in fall 2014 is January 15, 2014. All application materials should be submitted online at:

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