SALK19Do you want to work with other young healthcare professionals to develop winning strategies to advocate for the health of our communities? Are you concerned about the protection of basic human rights? 

The 2022 Salk Health Activist Fellowship is an incubator for emerging health activists seeking to build effective advocacy skills. This year’s fellowship is focused at the state level as legislation on critical health issues continues to trend in that direction. If health professionals want to shape a system in which they would want to practice, they must become adept at influencing policy. This is your opportunity to practice essential communication skills to grab the attention of the media, the public, the legislature, and the administration necessary to inspire action on a major health and social issue.

During the 9-week program, Fellows will craft winning campaigns on an issue of importance to them, working alongside a multidisciplinary cohort of graduate students and young professionals.

Whether you are currently working on a health issue about which you’re passionate or just want to learn more about effective advocacy, this fellowship is for you!  Applicants should include a description of their particular interest in developing a winning strategy for making systemic change or protecting basic human rights. In lieu of a written personal statement, applicants are welcome to submit a personal video statement. This fall’s fellowship will be hybrid with optional in-person (for persons in the Pittsburgh region) or virtual participation.


The Fellowship will occur on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm beginning September 22 to November 17.

The fellowship will be virtual with in-person options at the JHF Offices (located in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, 15222): 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17.

Creative graduate students and young professionals from diverse healthcare related disciplines who are interested in advocacy and helping to create better policies and strategies to support the health and human rights of our communities.

Complete the online application, which includes a personal statement, resume, and letter of reference. Applicants should include a brief description of their initial concept around a basic human rights or critical health policy issue (e.g. women’s health, adolescent behavioral health, health and technology, aging, sexual health, etc.) within their personal statement.

Applications are due by Wednesday, August 31st.

Join us for a virtual open house session to learn more about this year's Salk Fellowship. You will need to register for a session in advance. The open houses will be held on Wednesday, August 17 from 12:00 - 12:30pm ET and Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30 - 6:00pm ET.

Register here for August 17 at 12pm.

Register here for August 24 at 5:30pm.


Download and share the Salk Fellowship 2022 flyer here.

For more information, please contact Ashlee Carter,