The McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to invite applicants for the 2024-2025 George E. Richmond Foundation Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide selected students enrolled in McCourt School graduate programs (MPP, MPM, MIDP and MS-DSPP) in the academic year 2024-25, with opportunities to deepen their understanding of oral health’s role in comprehensive health care, and to facilitate change through policy improvements. 

Fellows receive a partial-tuition scholarship (up to $35,000) and a paid research assistantship to work with select McCourt School faculty and affiliated research centers, on projects related to health care and access, and are expected to participate in special briefings, discussions and mentorship from oral health experts, totaling approximately 10 hours over the course of the school year.

Once awarded, Fellows will be matched to a Research Assistantship based on their alignment with the research team’s needs, position duties and skillset. Read more about the current cohort of fellows here.

About the George E. Richmond Foundation

Established in 2006, the George E. Richmond Foundation is a privately funded not-for-profit focused on advancing the connection between oral and overall health through science, economics and policy. For more, please visit:


Interested applicants should submit a brief application here by February 21, 2024, for consideration for the 2024-25 fellowship cohort. Applicants are asked to describe their interest in health policy, particularly improving access to care and addressing the systemic health consequences of poor oral health, and how they intend to use their McCourt School education, including this Fellowship, to advance that interest.


  • Eligible applicants include all prospective students applying to one of the McCourt School’s four graduate programs (MPP, MS-DSPP, MPM, and MIDP) for the academic year (AY) 2024-25, as well as current students who will be enrolled in one of those programs over the same period.
  • Awarded fellows will demonstrate an interest in issues of access and equity in health care, with special preference given to interest in oral health.
  • Awarded fellows will receive scholarships of up to $35,000 which may be applied toward AY 2024-25 tuition.
  • Awarded fellows will be matched to full-year Research Assistantships with select McCourt School faculty and research centers, expecting to work 10 hours per week at an hourly rate of $21.00, for the length of the position (approximate: September 2, 2024, to May 2, 2025).
  • Fellows are additionally expected to participate in approximately 10 hours over the course of the year, of mentorship and additional learning opportunities related to deepening their understanding of oral health as a component of comprehensive health. 

Skills Requirements

Depending on the specific Research Assistantship, Fellows will support the faculty or research teams on a range of projects related to analyzing and improving health care, access, and/or insurance through state and federal policy innovation. Necessary skills include:

  • Knowledge and experience with the US public policy process and government institutions.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, including the ability to compile literature reviews and develop reports.
  • Exceptional writing skills and verbal communication.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Technical software skills with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Interest in improving access, affordability, and quality of health care and insurance, with special preference given to those with an interest in oral health care.