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Questions? Contact us at rwe@academyhealth.org

Fellowship Overview

Real world evidence (RWE) is playing an increasingly important role in health care decision-making. Comprised of data collected from sources outside of randomized controlled clinical trials, RWE can weave different sources of data together to better address individual patient needs and improve health outcomes. As interest in RWE utilization grows, there is an emerging need for RWE focused training for the health services research (HSR) workforce.

In response to this need, AcademyHealth has launched the new Real World Evidence Fellowship, a year-long fellowship program focused on the use of real world data and methods in private organizations. Modeled after the successful AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship, the RWE Fellowship builds on and extends AcademyHealth’s 15-year track record in developing and managing successful fellowships that embed researchers in diverse settings.

2018 RWE Fellowship Host Site: Sanofi

In its inaugural year, Sanofi, a leading global pharmaceutical company that transforms scientific innovation into health care solutions, will support the RWE Fellowship. RWE Fellows working with Sanofi will focus on the use of real world evidence across a variety of functions including biostatistics, epidemiology, HSR, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, health policy, health administration, health behavior, and health education.

Fellowship Activities and Benefits

AcademyHealth will provide Fellows with the following activities and benefits:

  • One-year AcademyHealth membership, with full benefits;
  • A 90-minute welcome call to introduce the fellows;
  • Registration and convening of an in-person meeting at the AcademyHealth-hosted 2019 Heath Datapalooza in Washington D.C.;
  • Facilitation of special opportunities for fellows such as abstract submissions, funding opportunities, and presentations;
  • Opportunities to network with other AcademyHealth fellows and fellow-alumni from programs such as the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Scholars Program, the Delivery System Science Fellowship, among others; and
  • Opportunities to meet in-person at meetings such as the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM), AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), and/or the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Annual Meeting.

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to complete an “Intent to Apply” form before receiving a link to the full application. A full application requires the following:

  • Two Letters of References
    • Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference. Please indicate referee information as part of the application. It is important to note that once you enter your reference information in the full application, your stated referees will immediately receive an email linking them to this online application portal, with instructions on how to upload the letter of reference. Referees have until 5 pm ET on Friday, September 28 to submit their letter.
    • All letters must be:
      • On official letterhead; and
      • Signed by your reference
  • Statement Of Interest (1,000-word maximum)
    • The applicant’s statement of interest should address the following:
      • Interest in the RWE Fellowship
      • Preparation and qualifications for the Fellowship
      • Personal learning objectives
      • The value of the fellowship to the applicant’s career plans and goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Not to exceed 20 pages, single-sided)
    • Include publications and major presentations; previous fellowships, scholarships, honors and awards; and previous and current grant funding of the applicant.
  • Statement of Career Goals (2-page maximum)
    • The applicant’s statement of career goals should address how the RWE Fellowship, along with the applicant’s background and experience, will help shape future career plans and goals.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates must have a doctoral degree in the field of health services research (HSR) or quantitative public health. Candidates with a clinical doctoral degree with a supplemental quantitative degree are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must have a valid work visa or be US Citizens to apply.


  1. What is the time commitment for this Fellowship?
    The Fellowship program is a full-time position.
  2. What is the start date for the Fellowship?
    The Fellowship is slated to start in early 2019 (January-February, 2019)
  3. What is the duration of the Fellowship?
    The Fellowship is a year-long position.
  4. Do I need a doctoral degree to apply?
    Yes, candidates must have a doctoral degree before the start of the Fellowship.
  5. Where is the position located?
    The Fellowship is located at Sanofi in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
  6. Do you sponsor work visas?
    At this time, do to administrative reasons, the position does not sponsor work visas.
  7. Is this a paid opportunity?
    Yes, the Fellowship position is a paid opportunity. Salary / stipend will be determined by the host site depending on years of post-doctoral experience.
  8. Will this position require travel?
    Yes, the position requires travel to Boston, Massachusetts and possible travel to Paris, France.

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Become a Host Site

For more information on becoming a host site for a future cohort, contact us at rwe@academyhealth.org.