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Fellowship Overview

For more detailed information regarding the program please visit our website here.

Application Information

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how their fellowship training and projects align with their organization’s strategic priorities. Letters of support should clearly articulate commitment to the applicant and the contribution of the applicant’s training and proposed project to the organization’s strategic goals.

Ideal candidates will have strong foundational knowledge and experience in quality and safety. They will have a clear desire to lead quality/safety/improvement efforts and be able to clearly describe how their training and project will contribute to the strategic goals of their organization.

Who are Fellows?

The Fellows are a diverse group of motivated health care leaders working in patient safety, quality, performance improvement, and risk management. They include senior executives, physicians, medical directors, nurse executives and managers, patient safety officers, quality officers, risk managers and pharmacy leaders, association leaders and other health care professionals.

Fellows exhibit:

  • Vision, passion and capability to improve health and health care for all people in their organizations and the wider community
  • Insight, courage and evidence of a commitment to lifelong growth and development
  • Capacity and willingness to learn in collaboration with other health care professionals and leaders through action, reflection, feedback and support
  • Commitment (from the employing organization and individual) for the Fellow’s continuing employment and active engagement in the fellowship throughout the 13-month experience, as well as financial support for tuition

Selection Criteria

  • Prior training and experience and/or demonstrated interest in developing and implementing quality improvement and/or patient safety initiatives
  • A draft of a project proposal designed to have strategic, high-level impact at the applicant’s home organization with demonstrated senior leadership support (project sponsor)
  • References from two peers or supervisors with personal knowledge of an applicant’s leadership abilities and knowledge of the applicants grasp of the fundamentals of quality improvement, patient safety, and improvement/implementation science
  • Letter of support from the project sponsor, which authorizes release time for the Fellowship, provides support for tuition, and demonstrates commitment to the applicant’s career development and strategic project plan
  • An organizational and personal commitment to workforce and patient equity

Time Commitment

Participants must invest the time and energy needed to complete all aspects of the Fellowship program, including implementing and completing a strategic project, attending all required meetings, submitting progress reports to IHI and project sponsor, and participating during scheduled webinars and teleconferences. Up to 20 percent annual release time is recommended from the Fellow’s employer to satisfy the program requirements.

Strategic Impact Project

Each fellow will be asked to identify and provide a preliminary design for a strategic impact project (SIP), that he or she will develop and implement over the course of their fellowship year and beyond. The SIP should align with the strategic quality improvement and/or patient safety goals of the fellow’s organization and have the demonstrable support of a project sponsor from the organization’s leadership team who will monitor and facilitate completion of the project. A clearly defined SIP with appropriate leadership support and visibility ensures that fellows can translate their experiential learning into action within their own organizations.



Applicants should ensure they have funding in place prior to applying.

Tuition will be invoiced once Fellows are notified of their acceptance into the program and is due upon receipt.

Tuition rate is $22,000 per fellow and may be funded organizationally or individually.

There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available annually. To inquire please contact us at or 866-787-0831.

Tuition covers:


  • Access to key modules from the IHI Open School
  • Access to the CPPS online review course and credentialing exam
  • Two, four-day virtual retreats (February and June 2021)
  • Bi-weekly live virtual meetings
  • Bi-weekly self-paced online learning modules
  • Strategic project scoping and individualized mentoring
  • Access to the Fellowship learning community, affinity groups, and faculty
  • Access to the Fellowship alumni community


Please note: Information contained in your application will be used in a directory of selected 2020-2021 Fellow

Submission Deadline

September 10, 2020

Phone or video Skype interviews will be conducted in early September.

Admissions decisions will be communicated to all applicants on or before Friday, September 25, 2020.