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. Nominators must attach candidates' resumes or CVs to the online application; a letter of recommendation is optional.

Nominations for the sixth class of Health Innovators Fellows will open in December 2, 2019. If you are interested in receiving notifications as we open nominations, please fill out this form.

The formal Fellowship program for the sixth class runs from Fall 2020 through Summer 2022.
Seminar 1: October 18-23, 2020 (Aspen, CO)
Seminar 2: Choose from a variety of dates between March and June 2021
Seminar 3: September 19-24, 2021 (Greenville, SC)
Seminar 4: Mid- to late June 2022 (exact date TBD)

Candidate Criteria

Candidate Criteria:
  • 35-50 Years Old: at least 35 and no older than 50 by the end of 2019.
  • Accomplished Leaders Focused on U.S. Healthcare: senior healthcare leaders working in a wide range of sectors, including mental and behavioral health, health insurance, public health, pharmaceuticals, rural health, the life sciences, health IT, medicine, nursing, biotechnology, government, healthcare facilities and systems, medical equipment and supplies, healthcare venture capital, and veterans' health.
  • Entrepreneurial and Innovative: highly successful at creating new, cutting-edge ventures or developing fresh ways to address healthcare challenges.
  • Resilient and Tenacious: have weathered professional or personal challenges or even failure.
  • At an Inflection Point: at a point in their personal or professional lives when they are ready to reflect deeply on how they can have an even greater impact addressing U.S. healthcare challenges. 
  • Able to Commit to Full Participation in the Fellowship: we expect 100% participation in all four seminars that take place over a two-year period; seminar dates are non-negotiable.
  • Committed to Implementing a Leadership Venture: 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: willing to be fully present at the seminars and willing to consider different points of view with an open mind and heart.
  • Have Diversity of Experience: should represent the diversity of the U.S. with respect to geography, healthcare 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, and ethnicity. 

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

Selection Process

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 nomination process, please contact Rima Cohen, Executive Director, or Shannon Ricchetti, Program Coordinator.