Robert E. Henkin, MD, Government Relations Fellowship

N/A 2021 due to COVID restrictions. Award application will reopen in October 2021 for 2022

Amount: $1,000

Sponsored by: ERF


  • The Robert E. Henkin Fellowship is designed to provide early-career professionals in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging direct personal exposure to government relations activities of the SNMMI as well as the state and federal legislative and regulatory processes.
  • The fellow will spend 5 days with the SNMMI Department of Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs (HPRA). Activities include:

    1. Education about public policy development
    2. Legislative education day spent on Capitol Hill
    3. Regulatory education day spent at CMS and FDA
    4. Regulatory education day spent at NIH and NRC
    5. Focused education and experience in one area of public policy

  • The fellow will also be appointed to the SNMMI/ ACNM Committee on Government Relations, to serve a term no less than one year. The fellow will participate in conference calls, meetings, and other activities of the committee

  • The fellow will be supervised by the Director of HPRA or his/her designate. The fellow will also have a mentor who is a member of the SNMMI's Committee on Government Affairs, or other professional volunteer.

  • The Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend, in addition to all-expense paid travel to the Washington DC area.



  • For the purpose of this proposal, an early career professional shall be defined as a resident or fellow (physician), a scientist or technologist who has completed their training within the last 10 years.
  • Applicants will be asked to provide a curriculum vitae, and a written statement of their interest in health policy and regulatory affairs. Two letters of recommendation in support of the application may be submitted but will not be required. U.S. citizenship or U.S. residency is required
  • Selection will be based on a combination of the following criteria:
    • Record of professional achievement in one's career
    • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth
    • Demonstrated commitment to public service evidenced by prior government relations positions (campaign volunteers, chapter activities, etc)
    • Sincere desire to achieve the goals and objectives of the Fellowship in the form of an essay on why the applicant thinks s/he should be selected.
    • Skills to succeed at the highest levels in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
    • Exceptional writing ability, a positive attitude, and strong leadership skills.