The Zetema Project is now accepting applications for the position of 2020 Zetema Fellow. Graduate students from select institutions* are encouraged to apply. 


The Zetema Project is a non-profit project dedicated to enhancing the quality and productivity of discussions around healthcare policy and business. Too often these conversations are highly polarized, poorly informed, and dominated by competing special interests. We seek to counter this with enlightened debate and networking opportunities, convening our highly diverse Panel of over 40 healthcare leaders representing all the major healthcare stakeholder groups, as well as a broad array of political perspectives. Our guiding principle is that people learn best when they are presented with competing perspectives, rather than hearing a single individual opine.


The mission of the Zetema Fellowship Program is to invest in and cultivate the emerging US healthcare business and policy leaders of the future. Selected graduate students are given the opportunity to learn from the Zetema Project and our Panelists and staff, contribute to Project research and writing, participate in Project meetings, and enhance and benefit from the Zetema Project network. If you are passionate about healthcare policy and business, are receptive to expert perspectives that may challenge your own, and are an emerging leader in the field, you will find that the level of discussion and cross-sectoral relationship-building that occurs within the Zetema Project is as robust and fascinating as any healthcare forum in the United States.   The 2020 Zetema Fellowship is a health policy research, writing, and presenting position designed to provide high-level policy and business exposure for graduate students focusing upon these issues. The Fellowship begins January of 2020 and lasts the full calendar year. Fellows will participate in the Zetema Project’s three annual meetings; transportation, lodging, and meals are provided by the Project. Additionally, the Zetema Fellowship offers a modest stipend of $1,500 for the year, as well as academic credit if a partnership with a relevant faculty member is able to be arranged.   The Fellowship requires approximately 90-120 hours of participation and work over the course of the 2020 calendar year, as well as attendance at the three annual conferences, which involves travel time. The work is not consistently paced; some weeks will be busier than others. Zetema Project staff will do their best to help the work fit within the academic and/or internship calendars of the Fellows. 


Opportunities and responsibilities for 2020 Zetema Fellows include: 
  • Participating in regular conference calls with Zetema Project Panelists, staff, and other guests
  • Attending the Zetema Project's three annual meetings
  • Researching key topics and supporting the authorship of background documents in preparation for the Zetema Project's meetings
  • Presenting on select topics during meetings
  • Participating in ad hoc Zetema Project subcommittees and the associated research and writing
  • Enhancing the Zetema Project’s brand and impact
  • Other opportunities and responsibilities as the Fellowship Program develops
  • Responding to feedback and deadlines effectively and promptly


Applicants applying for the 2020 Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

  1. A strong academic record
  2. Excellent research and writing skills
  3. Demonstrated interest in health policy, administration, research, or management
  4. Students enrolled in public health, public policy, business, medicine, nursing, and journalism are particularly encouraged to apply 
  5. Enrollment in a graduate program at one of the following institutions from January 2020 through December 2020:
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University 
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University


Applicants must submit the following application materials by 11:59pm Pacific Time on September 29, 2019  
  • Professional resume, including volunteer and community service experience
  • Personal statement (maximum 250 words) that includes a description of your interest in US healthcare policy, how this Fellowship fits into your professional and/or academic goals, and what you hope to gain from the Fellowship
  • An original essay (maximum 1000 words) based on the prompt below. Essays will be judged on the strength of the arguments presented, the rigor of the supporting research cited, and the quality of the writing.
    • Single-payer health insurance in the United States has been politically and intellectually resurrected as a serious policy position. Politically named “Medicare-for-All,” the single-payer debate has expanded to the state level, as well as gaining traction as a mainstream national issue. In 500 words or fewer, make the case for why a transition to a single-payer health insurance system would benefit the United States. Next, in 500 words or fewer, make the opposite case: Why would a transition to a single-payer health insurance system harm the United States?
Application materials should be sent in PDF format to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so please submit as early as possible to be most competitive. If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Ryann Miguel, Project Associate at the Zetema Project, at: