About Becoming a Fellow

Nomination Procedures:
Individuals may not apply to the Health Innovators Fellowship; Fellows must be nominated by a third party and selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in the program. Nominations are submitted via this online form. Nominators must attach the candidate’s resume or CV to the online application; a letter of recommendation is optional. 

The formal Fellowship program for the third class runs from November 2017 through June 2019 with specific seminar dates as follows:
  • Seminar 1 – November 14-19, 2017 (Aspen, CO)
  • Seminar 2 – The Aspen Seminar; various dates to choose from between March and June, 2018 (Wye, MD or Aspen, CO)
  • Seminar 3 – September 30-October 5, 2018 (Greenville, SC)
  • Seminar 4 – June 2019 (Aspen, CO) 

Candidate Criteria:
  • 35 - 50 years old – They should be 50 or younger as of October 30, 2017.
  • Be a Resident of the United States focused on U.S. health care – Nominees should work in U.S. health care, in sectors such as mental and behavioral health, health insurance, public health, biotechnology, rural health, biomedical devices, medicine, nursing, government, health care facilities and systems, health care venture capital, veteran's health, and more.
  • Be Entrepreneurial and Innovative – Candidates should be highly successful at creating new, cutting edge ventures or developing fresh ways to address health care challenges.
  • Resilient – They should have weathered professional or personal challenges, even failure.
  • At an Inflection Point – Nominees should be at a point in their life and career when they are ready to reflect on how they can have an even greater positive impact on healthcare in the United States. 
  • Committed to attending all 4 seminars – We expect 100% participation in the four seminars that take place over a two-year period; seminar dates are non-negotiable.
  • Committed to implementing a leadership venture – Fellows must implement a leadership venture that leverages their energies, skills, and resources to address a U.S. healthcare challenge. This requirement is integral to the Fellowship experience.
  • Willing to fully engage in the Fellowship – Fellows must be fully present at the seminars and willing to consider different points of view with an open mind and heart.
  • Have Diversity of Experience - Fellows should represent the diversity of the US with respect to geography, health care sector, political beliefs, religion, marital status, race, ethnicity, and gender. 

We seek diversity with respect to geography, political and cultural views, healthcare sector, race, and ethnicity. We welcome nominations of qualified individuals regardless of their religion, gender/sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept candidates who are Fellows of other Aspen Global Leadership Network programs.

Selection Process:
The ideal class will include Fellows from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds who will challenge and inspire each other during the seminars and throughout the Fellowship. We are looking for diversity of experiences, political and cultural views, backgrounds, races and ethnicities within the class. All must be intellectually curious and open to new ideas. Each Fellow should have something to teach and something to learn from the others. We call the process of putting together the ideal class “creating the mosaic” and it’s both a science and an art. Unfortunately, many exceptional, impressive individuals are not chosen to be Fellows because they don’t fit the class mosaic for that particular year. That’s why we reconsider candidates, sometimes for a number of years, for future classes.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the nomination process, please contact Rima Cohen, Managing Director, or Lisa Rubenstein, Program Coordinator.