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Predoctoral Training

The Predoctoral Fellowship Program provides advanced training in outcomes research to nurses enrolled in a qualifying doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania​.


Admission Prerequisites

  • Fellows are selected from among those admitted to the Penn Nursing PhD Program through its centralized application process. 
  • Our funding for fellows is from the National Institutes of Nursing Research and thus only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Funding includes support of tuition and fees, limited research and travel expenses, and health insurance.
  • Our program requires full time, on site study, and completion of the PhD in three years whether from the starting point of the BSN or MSN. We encourage applications from BSNs who will proceed seamlessly through PhD.

Admission Requirements 

Candidates will be competitively evaluated based on the criteria outlined on this page.​

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited nursing program with an average at the Master’s level of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.
  • Recommendations from at least three individuals who have known the applicant in a professional capacity that address the applicant’s research potential
  • An essay written by the applicant discussing her/his motivation for doctoral study. The essay should also address the applicant’s career goals, research interests, strengths, and views concerning major issues in contemporary health care. It should reflect an understanding of professional issues and insights related to their resolution.

The four most important criteria for appointment to a Predoctoral Fellowship associated with a T32 Institutional Training Grant:

—Match with the overall goals and objectives
of the training grant and affiliated Center.

—Match with the T32 and Center-affiliated Faculty Advisor.

—Pursue the scholarly potential for nursing
science inquiry that has a high impact.

—Have a strong commitment to a research career
in a research intensive environment.

Helpful Links

The graduate program of study in health outcomes research encourages students to take advanced courses in quantitative methods and to take electives from as many of the University of Pennsylvania’s prominent scholars in health and social policy as possible. 

Predoctoral fellows attending CHOPR monthly seminar.Predoctoral fellows attending CHOPR monthly seminar.

Predoctoral Fellow Betsy White with Dr. James Buchan Predoctoral Fellow Betsy White with Dr. James Buchan