National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF)

About NCAF

More than 80 hospitals and health systems, along with more than 37 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.

Starting in 2023, NCAF membership consists of two levels: Standard and Council.  Membership cycles run from January through December, but you can join at any time throughout the year. 

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NCAF Members

The National Council on Administrative Fellowships began on October 1, 2014.  As of October 2022, NCAF is made up of 119 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. 

Administrative Fellowship Site Members

Graduate Health Management Program Members

  • Advocate Aurora Health 
  • Alameda Health System 
  • Allegheny Health Network
  • American Hospital Association* 
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
  • Arkansas Children’s 
  • Ascension
  • Atlantic Health System 
  • Atrius Health  
  • Baptist Health (Jacksonville) 
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital 
  • Boston Children’s Hospital  
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Carilion Clinic 
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha) 
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
  • City of Hope National Medical Center 
  • Cleveland Clinic 
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons 
  • Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Cone Health 
  • Connecticut Children’s
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 
  • Denver Health  
  • Genesis Health System 
  • Hartford HealthCare 
  • Henry Ford Health System 
  • Hoag Hospital & Hoag Orthopedic Institute 
  • Houston Methodist 
  • Indiana University Health 
  • INTEGRIS Health 
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine 
  • Keck Medicine of USC 
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center 
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network 
  • Luminis Health
  • Maimonides Medical Center 
  • Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • Medical University of South Carolina Health (MUSC Health) 
  • Medical College of Wisconsin 
  • MedStar Health 
  • Meritus Health 
  • Mercy
  • Montefiore Medical Center 
  • Mount Sinai Health System 
  • Munson Healthcare
  • Nicklaus Children’s Health System 
  • NYU Langone Health 
  • OhioHealth 
  • Ohio State University Physicians 
  • Oregon Health and Science University 
  • PeaceHealth 
  • Prisma Health 
  • Providence Health WA/MTs 
  • Providence Northern California
  • Rush University Medical Center 
  • Saint Joseph Hospital 
  • Samaritan Health Services 
  • SSM Health of Wisconsin 
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare 
  • St. Elizabeth Physicians 
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • 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 
  • UAB Medicine 
  • UC Davis Health
  • UChicago Medicine 
  • UCSF Health 
  • University of Florida Health – Shands Hospital 
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center 
  • University Hospital – Newark
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Kentucky HealthCare 
  • University of Utah Health  
  • UPMC 
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health 
  • WellSpan Health 
  • 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 
  • Medical University of South Carolina 
  • Penn State University 
  • Rush University  
  • Saint Louis University 
  • Seton Hall University 
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center  
  • Texas Woman’s University 
  • 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 Iowa 
  • University of Kansas Medical Center 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Minnesota 
  • University of Missouri 
  • University of Pittsburgh 
  • University of Scranton 
  • University of South Florida 
  • University of Texas at Arlington 
  • University of Texas School of Public Health 
  • University of Washington 
  • 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.


• A uniform application deadline: First Friday in October (Friday, October 7, 2022)

• A uniform offer acceptance date: Second Thursday in November (Thursday, November 10, 2022)

• NAFCAS Application Cycle 2 will run from the third Monday in November (November 21, 2022) through the last Monday in January (January 30, 2023) Note: Deadlines may vary for all available fellowship sites.

• Once the application closes on the first Friday in October at 11:59:59 PM ET, fellowship sites are able to make formal, written offers as they choose.

• Applicants are not required to accept any offer until the second Thursday in November Noon CT, which is the official offer acceptance day. Applicants may choose to accept, decline, or put an offer on hold. Note: Applicants may only hold one offer at a time.

• Applicants should accept or decline any offers before or on the second Thursday in November at Noon CT. Fellowships may elect to extend offers to alternate applicants for positions that have not been accepted by that time or may choose to provide the applicant with additional time to make a decision.

• If a fellowship site is extending a formal, written offer on or after the second Thursday in November, applicants must be given a minimum of 24 hours to make their decision. Again, applicants may only hold one offer at a time.

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 2022-2023 has two application cycles:

• NAFCAS Application Cycle 1 will run from the second Thursday in June (June 9, 2022) through the first Friday in October (October 7, 2022)

• NAFCAS Application Cycle 2 will run from the third Monday in (November 21, 2022) through the last Monday in January (January 30, 2023)

NAFCAS is powered by Liaison International

NCAF Industry Benchmarking

 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.

Collaboration & Education

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 is currently reevaluating its subcommittee structure and future plans for 2022 will be shared soon. NCAF’s current subcommittee is featured below.

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

NCAF’s Benchmarking, Metrics, & Research Subcommittee collects comprehensive data from fellowship sites/leadership development programs, fellows/young leaders, graduate health management programs, and applicants/students to analyze and evaluate fellowships/leadership development programs.

Chair: Suzanne Boren, Professor and Director of Academic Programs, University of Missouri School of Medicin

The NCAF Emerging Leaders Advancement Workgroup will continue the work of the NCAF Steering Committee. The workgroup will focus specifically on the oversight of fellows networking opportunities, leadership webinars, and additional educational opportunities for both fellows and graduate students.

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. 


Make the Investment in Future Healthcare Leaders. Join NCAF!

Starting in 2023, NCAF membership consists of two levels: Standard and Council. Standard Membership is $1,250. Council Membership is $5,000. Membership cycles run from January through December. New NCAF Fellowship Sites who join at the Standard Level are charged a one-time administrative fee of $500 to get set-up. This fee is waived for new NCAF Fellowship Sites who join at the Council Level.

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.