Offering Opportunities for Career and Leadership Development

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Portfolio invests in innovative, inspired and diverse people, supporting their efforts to improve health and health care for everyone. The programs work to ensure that the nation has a diverse, well-trained workforce to meet the health care needs of all Americans. Human Capital scholar, fellow and leadership programs aim to:
  • Create opportunities for collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to solve health and health care challenges.
  • Develop skills, offer resources and provide training to create effective leaders.
  • Anticipate and fill gaps in the health workforce to meet future needs.
  • Find and attract a varied network of individuals to pursue careers in health and health care.
  • Support scholars conducting pioneering health research.
  • Honor exceptional individuals who overcome significant obstacles to improve health care in their communities.
  • Provide academic support to college students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.
  • Prepare leaders to influence and shape health policy.
Attracting and preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds for careers in health and health care is a step toward eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and improving the nation’s health. The programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Portfolio seek people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, generational and geographic backgrounds, including people from groups underrepresented in the health and health care workforce—people who make up the rich and changing tapestry of America. In our efforts to build human capital in health and health care, diversity is a core value which enhances our programs and strengthens the impact of our work.
Each Human Capital program has its own set of eligibility requirements and review and approval processes, with some requiring applications and others nominations.  Selection for a Human Capital program is highly competitive.
To learn more about the RWJF Human Capital Portfolio and all of its programs, visit