IHI Fellowship Program Application

IHI Fellowship Program 2023–2024

In-Person & Online
Nov. 01, 2023
14-Month Program
USD $25,000 per Fellow

Application Deadline: September 15, 2023

Download an overview of the program and application process


Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please see additional information on this page.

Scholarship Application Form

Developing Health Care Leaders in Quality and Safety Worldwide

The IHI Fellowship is designed to build an exclusive global network of thought leaders who will lead quality and safety transformation in their systems and beyond. Cutting-edge quality and safety content will be woven together with a strong emphasis on building leadership capabilities among Fellows through in-person and virtual learning sessions.
IHI Fellowship Program 2023–2024 Application Deadline: September 15, 2023

In the IHI Fellowship Program, safety and quality leaders will embark on a journey focused on strategic impact and leave the Fellowship with a strong network of colleagues committed to innovating and influencing change within their communities and around the world.

Key Dates and Deadlines

​Application deadline​Friday, September 15, 2023  
​Phone/video interviews​September 2023
​Admission decisions communicated​On or before October 16, 2023
​Virtual meet-and-greet  
Wednesday, November 15, 2023  
​Virtual learning sessions start  
Wednesday, November 29, 2023  
​In-Person Fellowship Retreat  
​Adjacent to IHI Forum – December 9–13, 2023  
​In-Person Fellowship Graduation  
​December 2024  

Download the full agenda



Tuition rate is USD $25,000 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.

Tuition fees cover:

  • Access to key modules from the IHI Open School, to refresh knowledge of improvement science and patient safety principles and methods before starting the Fellowship
  • Access to the CPPS online review course and credentialing exam
  • Two three-day virtual retreats (February and June 2024)
  • Two in-person meetings, including graduation celebration (December 2023 and December 2024)
  • Bi-weekly live virtual meetings
  • Bi-weekly self-paced online learning modules
  • Strategic project scoping and individualized mentoring
  • Access to the Fellowship learning community, affinity groups, and faculty
  • Access to the Fellowship alumni community


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

Cancellations and Refunds

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

Scholarship Funding

There are a limited number of scholarships available for the IHI Fellowship Program. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Application Form.

The Berwick & Bisognano IHI Scholarship Fund for Emerging Leaders

The IHI Fellowship Program has long sought provocateurs, emerging health care leaders anxious to pursue better health care with a vision, passion, and commitment that is determined and unwavering, those who understand that if you want to change the world, the need is compelling, and the time is now.

To further our resolute commitment to equity and opportunity in health care, IHI has established the Berwick & Bisognano IHI Scholarship Fund for Emerging Leaders.

​​This scholarship fund is designed to support the mentoring, coaching, and development of health care leaders in quality and safety worldwide, with an intentional and singular focus on providing Fellowship access to leaders of color and those representing populations that have been historically overlooked and undervalued.

Don Berwick

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at IHI, which he co-founded and led as President and CEO for 19 years. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement and served under President Obama as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Maureen Bisognano

Maureen Bisognano, is President Emerita and Senior Fellow at IHI. She served as IHI’s President and CEO for five years following her role as Executive Vice President and COO for 15 years. Maureen is a prominent authority on improving health care systems, whose expertise has been recognized by her elected membership to the National Academy of Medicine (IOM), among other distinctions.

IHI gratefully acknowledges these organizations and individuals for their generous support of the Berwick & Bisognano Scholarship Fund for Emerging Leaders:

​Founding Donors

  • Stephen and Lynn Swensen Charitable Fund
  • ​IHI Board-Directed Investment Fund

Organizations and Individuals

  • The Commonwealth Fund
  • ​Northwell Health
  • ​NARBHA Institute
  • ​John A. Hartford Foundation
  • ​Rx Foundation
  • ​CRICO
  • ​Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • ​Maureen Bisognano and Chuck Neumann
  • ​Well Being Trust
  • ​National League for Nursing
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • ​Harry Hayman Foundation
  • ​Ann and Bob Blouin Charitable Fund
  • And many other generous individual contributors

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Scholarship

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will award two scholarships to IHI Fellowship Program applicants.

These scholarships are intended for applicants from a range of disciplines who have a demonstrated commitment to diagnostic excellence and, through the application process, also demonstrate that they will meaningfully benefit from this intensive quality, safety, and improvement experience. Individual applicants pursuing a Strategic Impact Project in Diagnostic Excellence are eligible to apply.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation scholarship criteria:

  • Successful candidates will have advanced training (MD, DO, advanced practice degree), doctoral/terminal degree in relevant discipline, or other significant qualifying experience) and possess a commitment to a career in improving diagnosis and addressing diagnostic error. Selection will be based on the candidate's qualifications and the quality of their proposed project.
  • Applicants should be a health care professional committed to a project to improve diagnostic excellence. Preference is generally given to US-based work; if otherwise, proposed projects should be relevant to the US health care system.
  • Candidate will have strong foundation knowledge and experience in quality, safety, and quality improvement capability.
  • Specific focus in pursuing a Strategic Impact Project in diagnostic excellence.

Visit the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation website to learn more about the Foundation and their Fellowship opportunities.

IHI Need-Based Scholarship

There are a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships available annually. Need-based scholarships provide funds for applicants based on level of financial need.

Need Help or Have Questions?

Email the IHI Fellowship Team at fellowship@ihi.org