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Postdoctoral Fellowship – Seattle

The VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Postdoctoral Fellowship is directed toward increasing skills in health services research. Fellows are expected to engage in full-time research on a publishable health services project, participate in VA research review meetings. HSR&D is multidisciplinary and covers all areas of health care delivery. Patients, providers, and organizations may be target populations for the research project. Individuals with a PhD from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Faculty and Mentorship
Mentorship is an integral part of this fellowship. Faculty from VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington provide expertise in numerous areas including behavior change, comparative effectiveness, epidemiology, ethics, evaluation research, geriatrics, health care delivery intervention, health economics, health policy, implementation science, long term care, patient self-management, quality of care, qualitative research, and statistical methodology.

Financial and Other Support
Fellowship support includes an annual stipend. Check this webpage for current stipends by location and year: Advanced Fellows Stipends by VA Facility
             Work space
             Information technology support
             Administrative support 
             University of Washington affiliation

Funding is for two years and can be extended for an additional year.

University and Community Resources
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division is a tertiary care center located approximately seven miles from the main campus of the University of Washington.

Eligibility and Application Information
             Doctoral Degree (e.g. Ph.D., DPH, ScD, DNP) in a field related to health services
             U.S. Citizenship   

             Specific aims for a VA-related research project developed with a Center faculty mentor
             Current curriculum vitae
             Sealed transcript of graduate course work
             Letters of support from three professional references; Letters should indicate suitability for the VA postdoctoral position and the Senior Fellowship in the Department of Health Services, University of Washington

Criteria for Evaluation
            Applicant ability to conduct independent research
            Quality of the proposed research
            Relevance of this research to VA
            Suitable mentorship
            Fit between candidate and Seattle HSR&D

Pre-Application Phone Call
If you plan to apply and you meet the eligibility requirements, we recommend a pre-application telephone call with Co-Director Fortney and/or Williams. Please be prepared to discuss your research interests and career goals on this call. The purpose of the call is to determine your fit for the program and to assess how well your research interests and goals met the aims of the program. This is not a required part of the application process, but it is highly recommended.

Formal Application Steps
To apply, please assemble the following documents:
1. Specific aims for a VA-related independent research project developed with a center faculty mentor (2-3 pages)
2. Statement of professional goals and objectives (1-2 pages)
3. Current curriculum vitae
4. Letters of support from three professional references. The letters should indicate suitability for the VA Postdoctoral position and the accompanying Senior Fellow    position at University of Washington
5. Official transcript of graduate course work

Please submit all application materials via email to:

Erica Tartaglione
Fellowship Coordinator
VA Puget Sound - Seattle HSR&D
1660 S. Columbian Way (S-152)
Seattle, WA 98108

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Erica Tartaglione, Fellowship Coordinator.

Questions about the fellowship or to set up a pre-application phone call, contact:

PhD Fellowship Director
John Fortney, PhD
Seattle HSR&D Center of Innovation
206-764-2821/ 206-685-6955

For information about the University of Washington Department of Health Systems and Population Health, visit

The application deadline is the first Monday of the year for Fall fellowships. If the first Monday falls on a weekend or holiday, application is due the next business day.