Policy Fellowship


Innovation Policy Fellowship

The Stanford Biodesign Policy Fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of health policy leaders capable of leveraging transformative new technologies to materially impact patient outcomes while democratizing access to care.

Technological innovations have the potential to significantly improve patient health and how healthcare is provided, while simultaneously expanding access and reducing costs. Policymakers and the decisions they make will contribute to how – and how quickly – this promise is realized. However, to accelerate the technology-driven transformation of the health sector, policymakers of the future will need to better understand the role of key public policy influencers, the motivations that drive their behavior, and the most effective techniques to gain their legislative and regulatory support, including new funding, faster coverage, and reasonable levels of reimbursement.

The mission of the Stanford Biodesign Policy Fellowship is to prepare aspiring policy leaders for this challenge by educating them on the process of health technology innovation. At the same time, our Policy Fellows will perform fundamental research on the impact of policy on health technology development and adoption to inform legislative and regulatory processes in the US and internationally. Our goal is to educate and advance the careers of policymakers who are equipped to contribute to balanced, data-driven decisions that help realize the full potential of technology innovation in the health sector.

Why Explore Health Policy at Stanford Biodesign?


We offer the only health policy program specifically centered on the dynamic area of health technology and grounded in the Stanford Biodesign innovation process, which has been proven over 20 years. Technologies initiated during our training programs have helped more than 7.6 million people to date, with millions more touched by products developed by our trainees after they graduate from Stanford Biodesign.


The fellowship has a unique two-year design:

  • An initial year of policy research coupled with hands-on exposure to the health technology innovation process and ecosystem.
  • A second year in Washington, DC (or another policy hub) focused on learning the policy-making process and bridging the divide between policymakers and health technology innovators.


Fellows build networks at Stanford University, across the Silicon Valley health technology ecosystem, and throughout multiple levels of government.