Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians) is seeking the next cohort of extraordinary physician advocates to become Fellows of the Leadership Training Academy Class of 2021. The goal of the Academy is to cultivate and support emerging leaders in reproductive and sexual health advocacy, with a specific focus on advocacy related to abortion. Expert instructors in leadership development, communications, policy, and medical education will help the Fellows develop and utilize the skills necessary to become effective, lifelong advocates for reproductive health.

Applications are open to practicing physicians who have completed U.S. residency training in any medical specialty, and foreign medical graduates who will reside and/or practice in the U.S. during the Academy training period. We are actively seeking applicants who are ready to be vocal and visible advocates for abortion in all platforms. Physicians who practice in states with hostile abortion policy environments, those who come from communities traditionally underrepresented in medicine, or those in specialties that are underrepresented in reproductive health advocacy will be given priority consideration.

Participation expenses for all Academy Fellows will be covered in full by Physicians for Reproductive Health, including travel, lodging, and meal expenses, as well as all training materials. Admission decisions will be made after the initial application and selective interview process.

CME credits via the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 will be earned upon completion of the Academy program.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Telephone interviews will be scheduled for the top 30 applicants upon receipt of complete applications. Questions? Contact Taylor Rose Ellsworth at 646.649.9913 or tellsworth@prh.org.


For your Academy application to be complete, you are required to agree to the following:

  1. Commit to developing the skills and attributes of a model leader who is willing and able to advocate on reproductive health issues, with an emphasis on abortion
  2. Have the full support of your direct supervisor to participate in the program, including travel to attend training sessions and time to participate in six monthly webinars and a virtual commencement ceremony.
  3. Attend two in-person meetings:
    1. Sunday evening, November 15 through Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC
    2. Monday evening, February 22 through Friday, February 26, 2021 in New York, NY
  4. Participate in six 90-minute webinars, scheduled for the second Tuesday or Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm EST, from October 2020 to June 2021
  5. Independently seek and identify for Physicians at least one advocacy activity in media, policy, or medical education systems work; or with Physicians staff (or coalition partners’) assistance, and participate in at least one opportunity from each category
  6. Attend at least one state and one federal advocacy event organized by Physicians or our colleague organizations
  7. Respond in a timely manner to requests from Physicians to speak to the media and/or write letters to the editor, op-eds, or blog posts
  8. Remain engaged in the Academy as a mentor and potential faculty; actively participate in and contribute to the LTA Talk listserv

Application Process & Instructions

Space is limited. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Please fill out the secure application form below and be sure to complete all four sections (Applicant Information, Background and Experience, CV & References, and Agreement & Signature). The application does not have to be filled out in one sitting. If working from the same device, your progress will save by pressing the “save” button, even if you close the web browser. This will work if you complete the application from the same computer (as opposed to mobile device or tablet), and in the same web browser (not switching between Safari and Chrome), and do not delete your browser history, cache, or cookies. If you are concerned you will lose your progress, we suggest saving your responses in a word document and entering the information in one sitting when ready.

You will not be considered a finalist for the Leadership Training Academy until your application is submitted and all required documents are received (completed application form, curriculum vitae, and two references to be contacted only if more information is needed about your application).

Once completed applications are received, a group of qualified applicants will participate in a phone interview. We will contact you after your submission at which time we may also ask you to complete a Conflict of Interest form.

Applicants will be informed about the status of their application via email no later than July 15, 2020.  If you have any questions about the Academy program, please contact Taylor Rose Ellsworth at 646.649.9913 or tellsworth@prh.org.

Please complete all four sections of the form below. You can save your work and return to it at any time before submission as long as you’re using the computer and web browser by using the save button at the bottom of any section to save your entry. Do not clear your cookies or browser cache, otherwise it will not properly save. Please make sure you fill out every field as they are all required. If a field doesn’t apply to you, mark with “NA.”