T32 Predoctoral & Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Opportunities for Nurse Scholars in Transitions and Aging

The Transitions and Aging research fellowship program provides a rigorous and supportive interprofessional scholarly environment in which to develop their ideas, capitalize on lessons learned from others, and gain the skills necessary for a productive scholarly career. 

Sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) training program in Individualized Care for At Risk Older Adults (T32NR009356), provides in‐depth knowledge of key transition points for at risk older adults to highly qualified nurse scientists who will generate, disseminate and translate new knowledge with a unique focus on improving the care experience, health and quality of life outcomes of a growing population of chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers, as they experience common and difficult transitions in health and healthcare.

Our program offers unparalleled opportunities for developing a broader sense of the research process as it relates to the conceptualization, prioritization, execution, evaluation, dissemination and translation of evidence-based research.

Fellows participate in intensive research experiences with expert interdisciplinary mentors and other opportunities that facilitate the conduct of clinically relevant research. Essential career development activities in the areas of bioethics, leadership, project management, peer-review, grant writing, and dissemination/translation skills will be emphasized.

Fellowship Eligibility

All NRSA eligible candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a noncitizen national or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Predoctoral applicants must be admitted to the doctoral program at the time of their application. Postdoctoral applicants should hold a professional nursing license and have completed a doctoral degree (PhD) in nursing, by the initial start date of their appointment.

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Doctoral Student Applicants: Predoctoral applicants must be admitted to the School of Nursing Doctoral Program for appointment consideration. Learn more at our Doctoral Programs page.

Postdoctoral Applicants: Applications are accepted year-round. Candidates are selected by the program’s Executive Committee. Appointments are based on candidate qualifications, eligibility for the NRSA award, as well as fellow and mentorship team match, to the overall objective of the training program and other resources.

Appointment Period

All fellows are required to pursue their research training full-time. Fellowship appointments are for 12-months, with the potential for reappointment based on trainee’s progress, up to two-years.

Program Directors

Our program faculty, current fellows and alumni welcome the opportunity to learn more about you and answer any questions about Penn and Philadelphia.