About the Fellowship

Learn directly from the nation’s leaders as they create, and debate, our national health policy through a distinguished post-graduate fellowship in Washington, DC, or through scholarships for graduate education.
Apply by Oct 14

Join the Fellowship

Learn about the process of health policy development by working directly with policy-makers in both the public and private sectors. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a twelve-month period beginning in July.
apply online by Oct 15

Apply for the Scholarship

The Winston Scholarship program recognizes excellence and achievement for students in master’s degree programs in health administration, health policy, and public health by providing ten scholarships of $10,000 per year. Winston Scholars also join a one-day symposium on health policy in Washington, DC.
Apply by April 15


The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a twelve-month period beginning in July.


The Winston Scholarship program recognizes excellence and achievement for students in certain master's degree programs.


Winston Scholars join a one-day symposium on health policy in Washington, DC each year.

…I hope that everyone involved with this fellowship realizes what a wonderful legacy you have created in honor of David Winston…. The Winston Fellowship will generate the next generation of health policy experts, and I will always be proud to say I was a Winston Fellow.

Chad Shearer

2003 Winston Fellow

The Fellowship was a wonderful opportunity that provided unparalleled access to health policy experts. Every day of my one-year stint, I met with individuals from the top of their field and learned about the nuances of the issues from them. The Fellowship continues to be a resource and asset for my career in health policy.

Meghan Taira

Legislative Director, Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer

2015-2016 Winston Fellows

Adrianna McIntyre, MPP

Adrianna McIntyre, MPP

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan School of Public Health

Adrianna McIntyre graduated with a dual Master of Public Health/Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. After earning her undergraduate degree in cognitive science at U-M, Adrianna facilitated clinical research regulation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. She was named a 2013 David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellow and spent the summer of 2013 serving her fellowship at the Office of the Mayor in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout graduate school Adrianna wrote about health policy for a variety of outlets, including Vox and The Incidental Economist.

Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi – Month 1

It's been a whirlwind of a first month. As you will recall, Speaker Boehner announced his resignation the Friday before Lydia and I started in our respective positions. In the intervening weeks, we have seen Majority Leader McCarthy, then-heir apparent, surprise everyone by stepping aside. We have Mr. Ryan ascend to the Speakership, pledging a new leadership style. We've seen a budget deal pass both chambers of Congress, one that simultaneously raises the debt ceiling, lifts discretionary spending caps, and averts crises in Medicare and Social Security. And I had the pleasure of seeing all of that from inside the Capitol. It's not clear yet what the impact of the Speakership transition will be on my day-to-day work—we're still waiting to learn who he'll have as point-person for health policy, among other details. But there seems to be a consensus that it will change the tenor of business-as-usual in the House. I've already started to shoulder a wide variety of responsibilities as a fellow. I am involved in the constituent meetings that Wendell takes, often high-level executives from health stakeholders in California. One meeting was with Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. Another was with Demi Lovato, erstwhile Disney starlet (and mental health care advocate). Occasionally—and increasingly—I will take meetings in his stead. Wendell has also indicated that I may need to stand in for him at future speaking engagements, should immovable conflicts crop up. The prospect of speaking for the office is mildly terrifying, but in a good way. I also attend a variety of staff meetings that are incredibly educational, including the bicameral meetings with House...

The David Winston Fellowship offers a singular opportunity to work alongside the people and processes at the heart of national health policy, and I'm thrilled to take this next step in my career.

ianna McIntyre, MPH, MPP

University of Michigan

Lydia Orth, MPH

Lydia Orth, MPH

The George Washignton University

Orth currently serves as the Membership Co-Chair for the American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA). She became more involved with the student assembly because she wanted to help the development of students as the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. Orth has supported this mission by advocating for student issues and public and health-related policy and creating and promoting opportunities for student involvement within APHA-SA, APHA, AcademyHealth, and other health-related organizations.

Fellow October Report

My first month with the Committee on Ways and Means has been an absolute whirlwind! As you know, I started on September 28, right in the midst of budget reconciliation - Needless to say, I could not just sit on the sidelines and I was pulled in to help the Committee prepare for the mark-up. On my first day, I attended a bicameral meeting with Jeanne Lambrew and Meena Seshamani from the Office of Health Reform, and a joint health and tax legislative assistant meeting. On my second day, I had a front row seat to the Committee mark-up of budget reconciliation language that included the 61st attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and employer mandate, as well as repeal the medical device tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The rest of the week I met with stakeholder groups, prepared memos and fact sheets, and assisted with briefing Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means Congressman Sandy Levin and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health Congressman Jim McDermott. All in my first week! At the end of my first week, the Ways and Means staff gave me my own bound copies of the Compilation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through November 1, 2010 Including Health-Related Portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and the two volumes of the Social Security Act. During my second week, Sarah Levin taught me how to use these massive volumes to double-check sections of the ACA or SSA referenced in draft legislation, and work with CMS for technical...
I applied to the Winston Fellowship because I was interested in learning... Lydia Orth, MPH

The George Washignton University