Today’s rapidly shifting healthcare landscape has prompted significant expansion in the scope and diversity of policy issues ASCO must address on behalf of its members. One key to successfully advancing the Society’s policy goals will be to have a cadre of volunteer leaders who are skilled in strategic interaction with policymakers at all levels, including Congress, state and federal agencies, key influencers in the private sector, professional societies, and other advocacy organizations. The ASCO Health Policy Leadership Development Program – formerly named the Health Policy Fellowship – responds to this need by establishing a formal professional development program designed to build policy and leadership expertise among the Society’s members and volunteers.

The Health Policy Leadership Development Program (HP-LDP) is a one-year program that provides:

  • Practical experience working with ASCO Policy and Advocacy staff and policy counsel in crafting policy positions and statements;
  • Small-group teaching sessions delivered by an executive leadership coach, ASCO professional staff, and qualified volunteers;
  • Training in communication, leadership, and advocacy;
  • A mentored project that advances an ASCO policy initiative.

In addition, participants in the HP-LDP will be required to participate in and complete ASCO’s Leadership Development Program.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a physician (MD, DO or international equivalent). ASCO strongly encourages application submissions from all oncology subspecialties.
  • Have completed one's final subspecialty training between 2009 and 2014
  • Be an ASCO Member
  • Be based in a U.S. practice or institution
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

The Health Policy Leadership Development Program Review and Oversight Group reserves the right to evaluate and determine applicants' eligibility based on the information and justifications included in the application materials.

For more information, please email ASCO Policy Staff.

Applications for 2019-2020 are now closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle will open in July 2019.

Key Dates and Deadlines

July 1, 2018
Launch of Request for Applications

October 15, 2018 (11:59 PM ET)
Deadline for Receipt of Application

March 2019
Notification Date

May 2019 – June 2020
Program Term

How to Apply

Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 cycle. Applications for the 2020-2021 program will open in July 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to start their application early. Please reference the 2018 Request for Applications for full details on the application process.


ASCO's Health Policy Leadership Development Program is supported by the Mission Endowment of ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation.

Past participant, Joanna Yang, MD (2018-2019) speaks on her program experience