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Predoctoral Fellowship Training Program

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

Admission Requirements 

  • 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.

Admission Prerequisites

  • Fellows are selected from among those admitted to the Penn Nursing PhD Program through its centralized application process.
    How to start an application.
  • 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.

First-year predoctoral fellows on the first day of classes, Fall 2018First-year predoctoral fellows on the first day of classes, Fall 2018

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

  • 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.


Predoctoral fellows at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 2018Predoctoral fellows at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 2018