Post Doctoral Fellowship


Program Aim and Objectives

Program Activities


This two-year postdoctoral training program is designed to provide the opportunity for trainees to expand their research skills and have guided research experiences directly related to establishing a program of nursing research in areas of faculty expertise. The program is individually planned with the entering fellow and takes into consideration the interests, background, and competencies of the fellow and the aims and objectives of the program. The fellow meets weekly with the supervisor who provides ongoing guidance to the fellow.

Program Aim and Objectives

The program will enable the trainees to:

  • Expand knowledge and skills relevant to the trainee's areas of research interests
  • Conduct preliminary studies and prepare a research proposal to be submitted for extramural funding
  • Gain an appreciation of the potential contributions of the knowledge generated by research to the various agendas of the profession of nursing
  • Expand skills relevant to interdisciplinary collaboration in research and scholarship
  • Be knowledgeable about various future employment opportunities and the challenges and rewards of each

Program Activities

Research Seminars
Fellows are required to attend and participate in the biweekly Center for High Risk Children and Youth seminars. They also are expected to participate regularly in seminars in other programs within the University when the content is consistent with their goals.

Involvement in Faculty Sponsor's Program of Research

Fellows will become connected to their sponsor's program of research as a means to acquire experience in the activities of conducting research. The fellow's activities within the team will be negotiated but are expected to include attendance at weekly research group meetings and participation in the day-to-day deliberations and decisions around proposal preparation, data collection and preparation, data analysis, report preparation, and manuscript preparation.

Secondary Data Analysis

Generally datasets will be available that include content relevant to the fellow's program of research. When they are, the fellow will be expected to prepare and conduct studies under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. This includes preparation of a proposal, analysis of the data, and preparation of findings for presentation and publication. This may be done with faculty other than the sponsor.

Preliminary Work for Fellow's own Research Proposal

Fellows are expected to plan and conduct at least two projects that will serve as preliminary work for their own research proposal to be submitted to an external funding agency by the end of the second year of the fellowship. At least one of these projects is expected to be a pilot project.

Training in the Presentation of Research Findings

An integral part of the postdoctoral experience, fellows will take advantage of multiple opportunities to receive training on presentation of research findings. These opportunities include formal presentations at Center for High Risk Children and Youth Seminars and informal presentation to peers and faculty. Similarly, fellows will begin work immediately on the preparation of manuscripts, both as collaborators with their faculty sponsor and as first author of their own independent research. Faculty will be available to provide feedback on outlines and drafts of manuscripts.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Fellows are encouraged to develop collaborative relationships with fellows and faculty in other disciplines within the University. These relationships will likely include participation in research seminars of other schools, providing and receiving consultation regarding research efforts, and joint collaboration.

Teaching and Committee Work within the School of Nursing

The program is designed to prepare the fellow for a program of nursing research. Since that generally is associated with an academic career, the fellow will be introduced to life and work of faculty in major research universities. The amount of training in teaching, committee work, advising, etc., will be dependent upon the fellow's background and goals. Fellows are invited to attend faculty meetings and to participate in the work of committees as non-voting members. They will involve themselves in this activities to the extent that it meets their program goals. Fellows may serve as a teaching assistant for a master teacher for the purpose of obtaining experience. They will be invited to guest lecture in courses where the content is specific to their area of research, thus giving them additional opportunities to present their work.

Meetings with Faculty and Faculty Groups

Although fellows have a supervisor with whom they meet weekly and work intensely, they are expected to take full advantage of opportunities to interact with and learn from other faculty and peers. This includes individual and regular one-on-one meetings with faculty and faculty groups. Seminars and other meetings of the Center for High Risk Children and Youth are a good avenue to become acquainted with the interests and research program of other faculty.

Goals, Plan of Study, Progress Reports

Under the direction of the Program Director, the postdoctoral fellow's supervisor holds the first level responsibility for guiding and monitoring the fellow's program and for evaluating the fellow's program and performance. The fellow is an active participant in this process. One month after arrival, fellows are expected to have specific goals and activities for the first six months submitted to their supervisor and the Program Director. By the end of the third month after arrival, they are expected to have a plan of study completed and approved by the supervisor and Program Director. Thereafter, the fellow's self-evaluation progress reports are due at the completion of six, twelve, eighteen and 24 months. These progress reports include goals for the period, activities undertaken and their evaluation, grant proposals assisted in or prepared, proposals submitted and/or funded, manuscripts and abstracts submitted and/or accepted, presentations made, professional meetings attended, evaluation of previously submitted goals for the coming periods, and restatement or refinement of goals for the coming period.


At 6 months. At least one manuscript from the dissertation work submitted.
At least one manuscript co-authored with supervisor ready for submission.
Direction for won independent research established and presented to Center for High Risk Children and Youth faculty

At 1 year. Proposal for preliminary studies for independent research completed, reviewed by supervisor and core faculty in the area, and submitted.

Data from existing datasets analyzed and abstract submitted for national meetings

At 18 months. Data collected and analyzed for preliminary studies of independent research. Manuscript for independent work submitted. Presentation at one or more national meetings.

At 2 years. Proposal prepared for extramural funding. Human subjects approval obtained.