Associated Health Postdoctoral HSR&D Fellowship Program

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy welcomes applications from individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree in such health-related disciplines as public health (epidemiology, health services, biostatistics), psychology, organizational sociology, health economics, health administration, nursing, pharmacy, or other related fields.

Fellows typically begin any time between July 1st and September 30th of each year. Please note that Fellows must be United States citizens and must have completed their doctoral degree before beginning the fellowship.

The information we are requesting below will be used to evaluate your interest in—and qualifications for—a VA HSR&D Postdoctoral Fellowship.


1. General Information, Education and Experience

Please provide a resume or curriculum vitae containing your current and permanent contact information, birth date, citizenship and current employment and educational enrollment. List all educational institutions attended since high school (including name, location, dates attended, major, degree and year granted) and all paid and non-paid jobs held since high school (including teaching and research positions, internships, volunteer work, etc. over the last ten years). Include any post-PhD training, if applicable. List all extracurricular activities, honors/awards and publications you feel are relevant to the review committee’s assessment of your qualifications.

2. Health Services, Social Science and Research Methods Training

Please summarize prior coursework and any work experience in 1) healthcare settings, 2) the social sciences (including anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology), and 3) statistics and research methods (including epidemiology, program evaluation, research design). Rather than list every course, please provide us with enough information to determine your basic preparation in these fields.

3. Career Goals and Objectives

Please write a one or two page statement describing your career goals and motivation in applying for this Fellowship. Indicate how the Fellowship would contribute to your broader career goals. Describe your general research interests and, if relevant, any specific project ideas you may have developed. The latter is optional; whether or not you have such ideas will not affect our evaluation of your interest or suitability for the Fellowship.

4. Letters of Reference

Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to us. Give the individuals from whom you are requesting letters a copy of the Fellowship brochure and this set of instructions. Letters written on your behalf should include: 1) how long and in what capacity your reference has known you, 2) your reference’s overall rating of you in terms of suitability for a health services research postdoctoral Fellowship, and (3) an overall impression of your commitment and performance as a student, and/or researcher. Have the letters sent via email attachment (preferred) or US mail to the Fellowship review committee at the address listed on the masthead of this letter.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us:

Melissa M. Farmer, PhD

Phone: (818) 895-9544

Fax: (818) 895-5838

Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD

Phone: (818) 895-9544

Fax: (818) 895-5838

Administrative Coordinator:

Britney Chow, MPH

Phone: (818) 891-7711 ext. 5446

Fax: (818) 895-5838