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Postdoctoral Fellowships

CHOPR Fellows discuss nurse practitioner legislative issues with former Congresswoman Allyson SchwartzCHOPR Fellows discuss nurse practitioner legislative issues with former Congresswoman Allyson SchwartzThe Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides advanced training in outcomes research to nurses who have received a doctoral degree from an accredited university in nursing or a field relevant to nursing outcomes research and would like the opportunity to further develop their research career in the area of health outcomes.

Program Highlights

Fellows receive mentoring in the following key areas:

  • Grant Development
  • Project Management
  • Manuscript Preparation

Fellows also benefit from the program because each gains:

  • access to a broad range of datasets spanning 15 years of research;
  • stipends for coursework in advanced methodology and statistics;
  • mentoring to develop lines of independent scholarship and to plan a career trajectory in research;
  • links to interdisciplinary researchers and research centers across the School of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania; and
  • funded travel opportunities to scientific conferences.

Admission Requirements

  • PhD (or equivalent) and interest in developing a research career with a focus on nursing outcomes research.
  • Completion of graduate level course work in advanced quantitative methods.
  • Written recommendations from at least three individuals who can speak to the applicant’s research potential, one of whom is a representative of the applicant’s dissertation committee.
  • Review of the applicant’s scholarly written work, including dissertation and publications.
  • Written statement of goals including justification of the fit within the conceptual area of nursing outcomes research.
  • Interview.

Criteria for Appointment of Postdoctoral Fellows

The CHOPR Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended for US Citizens or Permanent Residents only. The five most important criteria for appointment to a Postdoctoral Fellowship associated with a T32 institutional training grant are:

  1. Match with the overall goals and objectives of the training grant and affiliated Center.
  2. Match with the T32 and Center-affiliated faculty advisor.
  3. Scholarly potential for nursing science inquiry that has a high impact.
  4. Commitment to a research career in a research intensive environment.
  5. Scholarly productivity during and/or after the research doctoral training.

How to Apply for a Fellowship at the Center

Interested candidates should submit the below listed items by email to:

Irene D. Hung
375 Claire M. Fagin Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217


1) The cover letter should include:

(a) a review of the candidate’s research training and publications;

(b) names of three references familar with the applicant’s potential to become an an independent researcher; and

2) the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae

Learn more about the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at Penn from this link.

CHOPR values trainees who possess a strong commitment to nursing science, focused motivation, and an academic record that demonstrates a high level of intellectual achievement and curiosity.

Drs. Karen Lasater and Sunny Hallowell (postdoc alumni) at AcademyHealth2016Drs. Karen Lasater and Sunny Hallowell (postdoc alumni) at AcademyHealth2016