National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF)

About NCAF

More than 60 hospitals and health systems, along with more than 40 graduate health management programs participate in the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF).

NCAF creates an industry-standard in the recruitment of administrative fellows. In doing so, NCAF allows for a uniform and coordinated recruitment process, helps organizations access a national pipeline of the next generation of healthcare industry leaders, and brings fellowship sites and graduate health management programs together to share ideas and best practices.


NCAF provides administrative fellowship sites and graduate programs the tools to help their students when applying for administrative fellowships by creating a uniform coordinated recruitment process, providing access to national industry data, and providing opportunities for fellowship sites to share ideas, best practices, and expectations that allow for the preparation of students for administrative fellowships. Membership cycles run from January through December, but you can join at any time throughout the year. 

White Paper | Growing Together: The Give and Take of Healthcare Management Fellowships


NCAF Members

The National Council on Administrative Fellowships began on October 1, 2014.  As of October 2023, NCAF is made up of 125 member organizations including both fellowship sites and graduate health management programs. These organizations work collaboratively to continuously improve early-career development opportunities for our next-generation healthcare leaders. 

Updated Implementation Guide for Administrative Fellowships

The implementation guide for fellowship sites was updated to reflect changes in the field over the last five years. The updated version can be found on the NCHL online store.

A Guide for the Healthcare Early Careerist

Listen in as various healthcare leaders discuss personal branding, certifications, career planning, and more.

The Give and Take of Healthcare Management Fellowships

NCAF Prospective Member Webinar

Published on December 2, 2022

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Administrative Fellowship Site Members

Graduate Health Management Program Members

  • Alameda Health System
  • Alaskan Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
  • Arkansas Children’s 
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare Inc.
  • Ascension
  • Atlantic Health System 
  • Baptist Health (Jacksonville) 
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital 
  • BayCare Health System
  • Boston Children’s Hospital 
  • Boston Medical Center 
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Carilion Clinic 
  • Carle Health
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha) 
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 
  • Children’s Hospital New Orleans
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
  • City of Hope National Medical Center 
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons 
  • Connecticut Children’s
  • E.W. Sparrow Hospital
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
  • Froedert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Hartford HealthCare 
  • Henry Ford Health System  
  • HonorHealth
  • Hospital Sisters Health System
  • Indiana University Health 
  • INTEGRIS Health 
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine 
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center 
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network 
  • Luminis Health
  • Maimonides Medical Center 
  • Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Medical University of South Carolina Health (MUSC Health) 
  • MedStar Health
  • Meritus Health 
  • Montefiore Medical Center 
  • Moses/Weitzman Health System
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • MU HealthCare
  • Nicklaus Children’s Health System 
  • Northeast Georgia Health System
  • NYU Langone Health 
  • OhioHealth 
  • Ohio State University Physicians 
  • Oregon Health and Science University 
  • PrimeCare Community Health Centers
  • Prisma Health 
  • Providence (Multiple Locations)
  • Rush University Medical Center & Rush Copley Medical Center
  • RWJBarnabas – Jersey City Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph Hospital 
  • Samaritan Health Services 
  • Saint Elizabeth Healthcare 
  • Saint Elizabeth Physicians 
  • Saint Francis Health System
  • Stanford Children’s Health – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford 
  • Stanford Health Care 
  • The Guthrie Clinic 
  • The University of Kansas Health System 
  • Trinity Health 
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • UChicago Medicine 
  • UCSF Health 
  • University of Florida Health – Shands Hospital 
  • University Hospital – Newark
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center 
  • University of Kentucky HealthCare 
  • University of Utah Health
  • UPMC 
  • WellSpan Health 
  • Woman’s Hospital
  • WVU Medicine 
  • Yale New Haven Health System
  • Baylor University  
  • Boston University School of Public Health 
  • Columbia University 
  • Cornell University 
  • Des Moines University 
  • Florida A&M University^ 
  • George Washington University 
  • Georgia Southern University 
  • Georgia State University 
  • Indiana University
  • Medical University of South Carolina 
  • Penn State University 
  • Rush University  
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis University 
  • Seton Hall University 
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center  
  • The Ohio State University 
  • Trinity University 
  • UNC Chapel Hill 
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham 
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
  • University of Central Florida 
  • University of Colorado Denver 
  • University of Florida 
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Iowa 
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Kansas Medical Center 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Florida 
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Xavier University

NCAF Value & Impact

The National Council on Administrative Fellowships brings tremendous value and impact to the industry. Cornerstones of the program include:  

NCAF Code of Good Practice & Uniform Application Dates

NCAF believes that the healthcare industry will benefit from better coordination across the field in the development and operation of fellowship programs. All members agree to abide by the guidelines of the NCAF Code of Good Practice, which includes upholding uniform application dates.

The Uniform Application (NAFCAS) dates for 2024 are as follows:

– Application Opens: June 7, 2024

– Phone Interviews can begin: September 9, 2024

– Application Closes: September 27, 2024

-Interview & Offer Period: September 30 – November 1
 Applicants have no more than ten (10) calendar days to accept or decline the offer. If a second offer is received, the applicant has 24 hours to decide between the two offers. If the new offer is chosen to hold, the ten (10) calendar day acceptance period starts over.

NAFCAS: The Centralized Application Services for Administrative Fellowships

NCAF members get exclusive access to a centralized application service (NAFCAS) to simplify the application process for fellowship applicants and administrative fellowship sites. NAFCAS is a one-stop-shop for administrative fellowship sites, applicants/students, and faculty/staff.

The NAFCAS 2024 – 2025 has two application cycles:

• Cycle 1 Applications Opens June 7, 2024

• Cycle 1 Applications Closes September 27, 2024

• Cycle 2 Applications Opens November 18, 2024

• Cycle 2 Applications Close January 31, 2025

NAFCAS is powered by Liaison International

Opportunities for Collaboration, Education, and Research

NCAF’s agenda is member-centric. The NCAF governance structure is comprised of a Steering Committee and two workgroups, the Benchmarking, Metrics Research Workgroup, and the Emerging Leaders Advancement Workgroup. The Steering Committee and Workgroups are comprised of members from fellowship and leadership development programs and graduate health management programs.

NCAF’s Steering Committee strategically sets the direction of NCAF’S forward trajectory, in alignment with membership goals and to advise the NCHL staff on the evolving Code of Good Practice, membership, long-term strategy, events/meetings/webinars, development, partnerships, research and data collection, and member communication. NCAF’s current subcommittee is featured below.

Chair: Dr. Christopher Louis, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Planning for the 2023 educational content is underway. 2022 recorded content was made available via email to NCAF members and non-members that registered ahead of time.

Watch previous content from our 2020 series. 

In 2023, students, fellows, an emerging leaders will have access to A Guide for the Healthcare Early Careerist. 

This podcast will have three series:

  • Early Careerist’s Corner
    • Dedicated to providing information and advice to early careerists as they begin navigate the exciting field of healthcare leadership.
  • Trail Blazing Healthcare Careerists
    • Dedicated to providing information and advice on how to prepare for interviews and the types of questions asked by hospitals and health systems.
  • Career Stories from the Healthcare Perspective
    • Dedicated to providing information and advice from those excelling in the field.

Interested in Sponsoring? Learn more about sponsorship levels here.

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Podcast episodes are all available on Spotify. 

In 2023, fellowship sites and fellows will have the opportunity to meet with other sites and fellows to discuss best practices, ask questions,  and learn from each other. Calls for fellowship sites will be held twice annually. Fellows of member organizations will have one annual call.

NCHL conducts four annual benchmarking surveys to assess trends, impact, and challenges that exist in the graduate healthcare administrative fellowship area.  NCHL reports aggregated responses back to participants and to the broader graduate healthcare management community. Responses provide everyone with important knowledge on the current state of fellowships and help our program members navigate the future of administrative fellowships. 2021 – 2022 results of the NCAF benchmarking surveys have been released to members. The publicly available dashboard can be found here.


Connect, Transform, & Impact Early Careerist Experiences

For 2023, NCAF has developed specific sponsorship opportunities for training organizations, hospital and health systems, graduate programs, and fellowship sites. These opportunities for sponsorship are geared toward organizations looking to connect with students, early careerists, and current interns and fellows. Click below to see the full sponsorship packet. Questions about sponsorship can be directed to


Make the Investment in Future Healthcare Leaders. Join NCAF!

NCAF membership cycles run from January through December. Membership consists of $1,250 for sites and graduate programs. New NCAF Fellowship Sites who join are charged a one-time administrative fee of $500 to get NAFCAS set-up.

Become an NCAF Member

NCAF members include administrative fellowship sites and graduate health management programs. Members join as an organization, not on an individual basis.