Hispanic Leadership Development Fellowship (HLDF)

The Hispanic Leadership Development Fellowship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health. The fellowship is offering current graduate students and recent graduates a paid 9-month leadership opportunity to prepare for career opportunities within public health agencies and increase awareness and competency in health equity knowledge and practice.

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Hispanic Leadership Development Fellowship (HLDF) is a 9-month, in-person, paid fellowship program that pairs current masters level students or recent graduates (must have graduated within past 2 years) with an HHS agency in the DC/Metropolitan area.  The program will run from September 1, 2024 - May 30, 2025.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Class are open! Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Program Components:

  • Fellows will be paid a salary of $52,500 for 9 months, 40 hours per week
  • Health insurance will be provided during the fellowship duration
  • NHMA will only cover relocation travel costs associated with: 1) One round trip to and from the Washington, D.C. area, 2) Up to $575 and incidentals associated with one day of travel to and from D.C area.
  • Fellows will be responsible for securing housing by the fellowship start date of September 1, 2024.
  • Fellows will receive support from the NHMA Staff, host site mentors, and personal NHMA mentors
  • Fellows will be required to participate in virtual and experiential learning activities throughout the 9-month program
  • Fellows may have the opportunity to present their work at their Host Site placements & final projects to OMH and NHMA Leadership.

Criteria & Eligibility:

  • Current master's level student or have a graduation date from a master's program within 2 years
  • Strong interest in working in HHS
  • Must be able to relocate to Washington, D.C
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Must be a current NHMA Member (Student membership $20)


  • Watch the Recording of NHMA's HLDF Info Session - Thursday, January 25 @ 1pm
  • Applications Reviewed - April 2, 2024 - May 3, 2024
  • Notices Sent via Email - Week of May 13, 2024
  • Virtual Orientation Welcome Kickoff - Week of June 3, 2024
  • Fellows first day in Washington, D.C. - September 1, 2024
  • In-person Orientation - September 6, 2024
  • Fellows tentative host site start date - September 9, 2024

 Please submit all components of the application no later than 11:59 PM ET on April 1, 2024.

Please note, you are responsible for finding your own housing in the Washington, D.C or surrounding area. Please keep transportation to work and costs associated with travel in mind. If you are open to housing with other NHMA HLDF Fellows, please notate that in the application below. All applicants should begin housing search upon completion of the application.

This program is supported by the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (H.H.S.) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $700,000 with 100 percent funded by the Office of Minority Health/OASH/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the Office of Minority Health/OASH/HHS, or the U.S. Government. Award #CPIMP231361-01-00