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ADA Foundation Accepting Applications for Prestigious Dental Fellowship Program

Applications due by February 28, 2009

Contact Information:

Telephone: 312-440-2806
E-mail: (Journalists) or Contact ADA (All Others)

CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2009 – The ADA Foundation (ADAF) is accepting applications for its Hillenbrand Fellowship Program that provides an award to one dentist, helping prepare the person to assume a management and leadership role at a health-related organization.

The foundation’s 12-month Hillenbrand Fellowship carries a $75,000 stipend to help cover living expenses in Chicago and will run from September 2009 through August 2010 at ADA’s Chicago headquarters.

Hillenbrand Fellowship offered every other year

The goal of the fellowship is to provide experiential learning for a dentist that has demonstrated strong leadership potential and desires to make a career transition from dental practice into management and leadership in organized dentistry, a health-related organization, education, the dental industry or research. The ADAF offers the fellowship every other year and includes an intensive orientation to all ADA agencies and departments; an orientation to other oral health organizations and federal and state government agencies; academic courses through the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and the completion of a project of interest to both the fellow and the ADA.

Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2009

For consideration as a candidate, dentists must submit a completed Hillenbrand Fellowship application to the ADA Foundation by February 28, 2009.
Hillenbrand Fellowship candidates are required to:

  • be a member in good standing of the American Dental Association;
  • be a graduate of a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation;
  • have held the degree D.D.S or D.M.D. for at least five years at the beginning of the Fellowship;
  • be prepared to work from the Chicago office on a daily basis for the duration of the Fellowship and travel within the United States as required by the program.

Evaluation Criteria

Fellowship applicants will be evaluated on criteria including:

  • demonstration of strong leadership potential;
  • desire and commitment to serve the profession or public in a leadership role;
  • desire to have management and leadership in a health-related organization as a career goal;
  • demonstrated enthusiasm for dentistry as a profession;
  • demonstrated appreciation for the role that health-related organizations play in the advancement of the health of the public and the vitality of the profession;
  • understanding of current oral health care problems, issues and concerns;
  • written and interpersonal communication skills.

For more about the program and application materials, visit

To ask questions about the Hillenbrand Fellowship, contact Ms. Jane Jasek at or 312-440-4639. 

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website