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​​​​​About the IHI Fellowship

Current IHI Fellow, Gillian Smith discusses how the IHI Fellowship Program has been valuable to her.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers a Fellowship program to select health care professionals worldwide. The IHI Fellowship Program is designed for those in quality and safety roles who are looking to take their strategic, operational, and thought leadership skills to the next level.

The 10-month program will support a closely-knit cohort of participants from around the globe and will include smaller affinity groups. It combines in-person and virtual learning, and includes experiential learning through the leadership of strategic, impactful work within participants' home organizations. This work within home organizations will help to firmly cement the strategic improvement knowledge and new ways of thinking that will be gained throughout the program.

Ideal candidates will have strong foundational knowledge and experience in quality, safety, and quality improvement capability. They will seek to hone their knowledge and skills to effectively institute impactful change and achieve organizational goals in today's complex health care environment.

Fellowship participants will:

  • Bring new ways of thinking and innovative ideas for improving the quality of patient care, reducing harm, and improving quality of care and patient-centered outcomes back to their organization
  • Make a direct impact on their system while pursuing a strategic project with metrics tied to strategic organizational goals
  • Deepen their knowledge in quality and safety science
  • Learn how to lead system changes in quality, safety, and culture, including how to engage, influence, and impact culture change

Support and networking opportunities include:

  • A dedicated mentor providing continuous feedback and support
  • Access to and guidance from renowned IHI leaders and faculty, including health care quality and safety experts, and innovative leaders who have improved systems in other industries
  • A lasting and meaningful global network of peers and faculty, allowing for an exchange of advice, ideas, and support in the long-term (this includes an exclusive alumni network)
  • Senior sponsorship and active engagement from your home organization’s executive team, including quarterly sponsor progress check-ins


IHI may, in its discretion, cancel, postpone, or otherwise modify this event at any time, with or without notice. If IHI does so and as a result, a registrant is unable to participate in the event, IHI will refund the registration fee. The registrant, however, will remain responsible for other costs (such as travel and lodging) the registrant incurs in connection with the event, and IHI will not refund the registrant, nor otherwise be responsible for, such costs. Registrants should proceed accordingly and consider travel/lodging cancellation policies — as well as purchasing travel insurance — when incurring such costs. IHI asks registrants to take into consideration the currently evolving situation and advisories related to Coronavirus before incurring travel, lodging, and other costs related to this event. 

Tuition rate is $28,000 per fellow and may be funded organizationally or individually. Applicants should ensure they have funding in place prior to applying. Tuition will be invoiced once Fellows are notified of their acceptance into the program and is due upon receipt.​
Fees Cover: 
  • All program materials for three learning retreats
  • Monthly virtual learning sessions and online learning modules
  • Self or organizational assessment tools
  • Access to key modules from the IHI Open School
  • Strategic project scoping and individualized mentoring
  • Access to the Fellowship learning community, affinity groups, and faculty
  • Access to the Fellowship alumni community

Scholarship Funding
There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available annually. To inquire please contact us at or 866-787-0831.

Full payment is due 60 days before the start of the program. If payment in full is not received within 60 days prior to the program start date, IHI will notify you and cancel your registration.

  • Credit card payments: Enter your credit card information online during the registration process, or call the IHI Customer Experience Department to process payment over the phone.
  • Check payments: Please mail a copy of the invoice with your check made payable to IHI.

For cancellations made within 45 days before the start of a program: Registration fees are fully refundable if a written request is received by on or before 45 days before the start of the program.

IHI will issue all refunds in the original payment type (credit card or check) within 30 days. Registrations received after 45 days or less before the start of the program are not refundable.

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