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Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

The 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.

CHOPR Alumni from left: Dr. Sunny Hallowell, current Assistant Professor of Nursing, Villanova Un...CHOPR Alumni from left: Dr. Sunny Hallowell, current Assistant Professor of Nursing, Villanova University; and Dr. Karen Lasater, current Assistant Professor, Penn Nursing


Program Benefits

  • Fellows receive stipends for coursework in advanced methodology and statistics.
  • The level of mentorship and guidance allows fellows to explore independent scholarship while planning a career trajectory in research. The CHOPR Faculty provides direction as the postdoctoral fellow strives to hone skills in grant development, project management, and manuscript preparation.
  • Fellows are given the tools to network with other interdisciplinary researchers and research centers across the school of nursing and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Fellows gain access to a broad range of datasets spanning 15 years of researchand are encouraged to attend scientific conferences and meetings. 

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.
  • An interview with CHOPR faculty.

Criteria to Consider Before Applying. 

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

CHOPR Alumnus, Dr. Hilary Barnes, current Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Delaware,...CHOPR Alumnus, Dr. Hilary Barnes, current Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Delaware, with Dr. Jeffrey H. Silber, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The CHOPR Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended for US Citizens or Permanent Residents only. The program places a high priority on having diversity in background. 


How to Apply

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

Irene D. Hung, MPH
Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
375 Claire M. Fagin Hall
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217


The application should include:

  1. Cover letter describing goals for the postdoc training, their career goals, and a sentence or two about the topics the applicant would like to focus on for program of research;
  2. CV with a list of publications;
  3. Copies of any publications or samples of academic writing such as dissertation proposal or first chapter; and
  4. Names/email addresses of 3 references who can speak to candidate’s research experience and expertise.


Allison P. Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, New York University

“CHOPR Has given me a solid foundational training in health outcomes research and ongoing opportunities from the network. Both have served me well.”

Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Associate Professor, Drexel University

“CHOPR gave me a nursing research network to call upon for advice that has been critical when working in an academic unit.”

Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University

“I would not have traded my postdoc fellowship experience for anything and I believe it is what set me up for a successful academic career.” 

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