Health Equity Scholars for Action


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is dedicated to building a national Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. Recognizing that health inequities in the United States are strongly linked with structural and systemic racism and other forms of oppression, RWJF supports research to identify and address its root causes. We believe that this research agenda is best advanced by a diverse academic workforce that encompasses varied perspectives and lived experiences—in order to challenge biases and conventions in research and academia; promote innovation; and train future generations of scholars.

Yet the scholarship of individuals from certain communities, especially Black individuals; Indigenous people; people of color; individuals from low-income communities; individuals with disabilities; LGBTQ+ individuals; non-native English speakers; first generation college graduates—and individuals who identify with more than one of these groups—have not been adequately supported in academia. Structural racism and discrimination have created obstacles for many qualified individuals when pursuing an academic career. Biased methods of assessment and evaluation criteria for tenure—and other forms of unfair treatment—can also lead to disparities in advancement and promotion.

2021 Call for Proposals
Release Date: April 21, 2021 | Application Deadline: Wed, 16 Jun 2021

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