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National Council on Administrative Fellowships

NCAF is an organization of fellowship programs and graduate programs in healthcare management who are working together to continuously improve early-career development opportunities for our next-generation healthcare leaders.

In 2016, NCAF Members agreed to collaboratively support the following practices:

  • A uniform application deadline: Monday, October 3rd
  • A uniform initial offer date: Monday, November 14th
  • A 48-hour decision window for students
Please click on "Members" on the left navigation bar to see a list of NCAF members.


Administrative fellowships typically involve 1-2 year roles taken by recent graduates from master’s level MHA, healthcare MBA, and equivalent degree programs, and prepare early careerists for leadership-track careers in the health sector. Although these programs are widely viewed as highly valuable, there is equally widespread recognition that the current ‘free market’ approach has resulted in a highly inefficient process, one that creates significant and needless pressure on student applicants, can interfere substantially with their graduate studies, and results at times in substantial variability in program quality.

In 2014 NCHL, in collaboration with AUPHA and CAHME, embarked on an exploratory project to determine whether there was a critical mass of interest in the field to pursue a more organized and collaborative approach to the fellowship process. This included two national surveys, one of graduate program directors and one of fellowship preceptors, as well as a series of information sessions with representatives from stakeholder groups throughout year. These efforts indicated clear interest and need for the (1) establishment of a voluntary “code of good practice,” and (2) establishment of an oversight body to ensure the code is adopted and upheld.


The Code of Good Practice, which has been vetted and ratified by NCAF members, includes a uniform date for fellowship application deadlines, offer dates, and offer acceptance timeframe. These practices are in place for 2015’s application and recruitment process. Over time, the code could evolve in the direction of greater uniformity in the application process itself, including areas of interest such as the use of a standardized and application system and minimum standards concerning the educational aspects of the fellowship process (e.g., supervision time and preceptor qualifications). The Code will be as successful to the extent that it becomes a living and enforceable set of standards. Getting there requires coordination and oversight and the resources to ensure these activities happen.


The member-supported National Council on Administrative Fellowships was launched on October 1, 2014. NCAF members will be publicly agreeing to hold themselves and each other accountable to upholding and evolving the Code over time. NCAF’s work will include an Advisory Committee and four subcommittees: Code Implementation & Conduct, Application Process Improvement, Membership & Growth, and Benchmarks & Metrics.

The cost of membership is $880 for the first year. Members include graduate health management/policy programs and fellowship directors/ preceptors. A list of NCAF members can be found at: Ideally, NCHL would like to include the support of corporate sponsors. Depending on its eventual size and resource base, the Council also may be able to serve as a vehicle for expanding the availability of fellowship sites through promotion of the role and value of fellowships to new organizations.


If your organization sees value of pursuing this initiative, please indicate your commitment to support the Council to Renata Costa at so that we can add you to our list for outreach and communications.

For additional information and to find out how to join the National Council on Administrative Fellowships, contact Renata Costa at or 312-563-6629.

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