• About the Larry A. Green Visiting Scholars Program 

    Program Overview

    The Robert Graham Center hosts a one month visiting scholars program focused on health policy analysis relevant to primary care and family medicine. This program is generously supported by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of the American Board of Family Medicine. Scholars work directly with Graham Center staff on original research projects with a goal of producing nationally significant publications and other dissemination of findings. 

    Program Goals

    The goals of the Larry A. Green Visiting Scholars Program are :

    • Provide researchers with an analytic policy immersion experience in the nation's capital focused on health policy from a family medicine and primary care perspective;
    • Provide the Robert Graham Center with a renewable source of ideas, energy, competencies, and service that enhances the performance of the Robert Graham Center;
    • Develop the infrastructure for policy-relevant research in primary care and build research capacity for primary care throughout the nation.

    Program Details

    Robert Graham Center Scholars receive:

    • Lodging  in a nearby corporate apartment
    • A small stipend to help defray travel expenses

    Our Expectations

    Scholar opportunities include investigating a nationally relevant health policy issue by conducting literature searches, creating a research hypothesis, identifying, analyzing and managing data sets appropriate to an area of interest, assisting with writing manuscripts, drafting position papers on a specific content area. In addition the scholar may have occasion to attend hearings and briefings on the Hill, and participate in professional seminars and meetings in Washington D.C. Scholars participate in Graham Center staff meetings, and work on ad hoc assignments based on current activity of the Center.

    Each scholar is functionally a member of the Graham Center staff during the month in Washington, and agrees to have the work they did during the month included in a variety of future dissemination products such as reports and web posts by the Graham Center and the Pisacano Leadership Foundation. All work is collaborative and typically requires preparation prior to, and follow-up after the scholar's visit to the Robert Graham Center.

    The goal is for each scholar to develop a tangible product by the end of  the scholar’s stay at the Graham Center, as well as create longitudinal works-in-progress that permit ongoing interaction with Graham Center staff. These may include written products such as background  reports and analyses, Graham Center One-Pagers, Policy Briefs or manuscripts submitted for publication. Scholars are included as authors when they have made significant contributions to published materials.

    Note: The Visiting Scholars program is regularly booked 12 months in advance, with the exception of occasional openings due to cancellation. We recommend that you inform us of your interest as soon as possible (up to two years in advance).

    Apply Now

    To apply to the Larry A. Green Visiting Scholars program, please submit the following to the Graham Center at policy@aafp.org:

    • Completed scholar interest form
    • Letter of interest outlining potential research questions
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of recommendation

    Additional Resources

    Read the Larry A. Green Visiting
    Scholar Compendium
    , 2007-2014

    for more information on scholars
    and projects.