Addiction and Public Policy Scholars Program

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, a health policy think tank at Georgetown University Law Center, is accepting applications for the first annual Addiction Policy Scholars Program.

The program seeks to empower a network of diverse leaders to address one of the most pressing challenges in U.S. society. The program seeks to support current and emerging leaders who have practical and lived expertise in the field of substance use disorder but have been traditionally underrepresented in the public policy space. This includes people with lived experience with addiction, formerly incarcerated persons, and members of the BIPOC community.

Scholars will work closely with experts at the O’Neill Institute and Georgetown University on a variety of projects and policies in the areas of health care, fiscal policy, law, system reform, and social policy. Scholars will also work with members of the Recovery Policy Collaborative, an extensive network of experts in health, human rights, government, policy, and law who have lived experience with addiction. The Collaborative includes current and former government officials, innovators in the treatment, recovery, and harm reduction fields, lawyers, doctors, researchers, clinicians, professors, policymakers, tech entrepreneurs, funders, and advocates from across the United States who seek to leverage collective expertise in the interest of advancing good public policy.

Scholars are appointed for one year, starting in September 2022. Over the course of the year, scholars will develop and implement a policy reform project. Scholars will have access to the O’Neill Institute’s facility, staff, and space for events, as well as the ability to publish reports and post commentary on the O’Neill Institute’s website. Scholars will be assigned a mentor from the Recovery Policy Collaborative Network and will have access to network members for project development and implementation. Scholars will also attend workshops, networking events, and informal discussions through a multidisciplinary Policy Academy offered throughout the program.

Scholars are expected to produce a portfolio that may include reports, articles, original research, a policy reform/advocacy campaign, legislation, briefs, blogs, and/or public forums and convenings. Scholars will participate remotely; full-time residence at the O’Neill Institute in Washington, D.C. is not required. 

A stipend will be offered to Addiction Policy Scholars, and some additional funding may be available for travel or participation in events related to the program and/or project implementation.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit our career page here.