Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

Application for Postdoctoral Fellowship

Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions

Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research to provide postdoctoral training in self-management interventions for serious chronic conditions. Two years of support are provided to selected fellows to work with senior faculty mentors in the School of Nursing and from other disciplines related to fellows’ research interests. The training prepares the fellow to be an independent researcher.


The aims of the proposed training program are to prepare a diverse group of predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates to:

  1. develop and apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to guide research on, and development of, self-management interventions to prevent and manage serious chronic conditions;
  2. conduct research using innovative designs, rigorous methods, and sophisticated analytics to advance the science of self-management;
  3. become leaders of interdisciplinary science teams and advocates of research and health policy to improve self-management and reduce the burden of serious chronic conditions.

Opportunities available to postdoctoral fellows

  • Be mentored by a faculty member who has a research program in ongoing, peer reviewed, extramurally funded self-management research
  • Network with other postdoctoral fellows, program mentors, and researchers from multiple disciplines to develop a cross-disciplinary community of scientists
  • Have access to research resources including biostatistical and methodological support
  • Attend research workshops and receive consultation from nationally recognized external experts in self-management interventions and other related areas on a regular, bi-monthly basis.

Criteria for a successful application include:

  • A doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited school identified by the U.S. Department of Education. If the candidate does not have a doctorate in nursing, they must hold baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing from National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited programs.
  • Per NIH requirements, candidates must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and active, current registration as a graduate professional nurse in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Candidate must have interest in multi- and inter-disciplinary scientific training in self-management intervention research consistent with the ongoing work of the primary mentor.
  • Candidate must commit at least 75% of their time to the fellowship and be employed no more than 10 hours per week
  • Candidate must commit to onsite study and working on a mentor’s research team

Processes and outcomes of T32 Postdoctoral Program

Research Training in Self-management Interventions

Selection Criteria Areas

  • Quality of past academic record
  • Quality of dissertation research
  • Commitment to independent research in self-management interventions
  • Publication record
  • Presentation record
  • Match with nursing faculty research
  • Match with interdisciplinary mentor research
  • Ability to commit to full-time study; all other paid employment is limited to 10 hours per week

Placement/ Socialization

  • Placement with an experienced research mentor leading interdisciplinary research teams
  • Assessment of research strengths and weaknesses
  • Development of individual plan in collaboration with mentors to guide training, obtain needed research experience, and complete required courses
  • Identification of expert consultant in research area

Program of study activities

  • R701 T32 seminar: Self-Management Interventions (meets twice month)
  • R702 Biological & Behavioral Foundations of Self-management Interventions
  • R703 Symptom Science: Models, Methods, and Measures
  • R605 Advanced Research Design & Interventions
  • Interdisciplinary research seminars
  • G505 Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Active involvement in mentors’ research
  • Independent research
  • Center for Enhancing Quality of Life (CEQL) training workshops

Process evaluation

  • Weekly meetings with nurse mentor
  • Regular meetings with interdisciplinary mentor
  • Written and oral progress reports to Executive Board twice each year (May & December)
  • Formal review of proposal/grant applications by mentors, directors, and external consultants

Outcome evaluation

  • Grant applications submitted for internal/external funds
  • Grant funding received
  • Refereed research presentations at regional/national meetings
  • Manuscripts submitted to refereed journals
  • Manuscripts published in refereed journals
  • K- or R-series grant application
  • Honors and awards
  • Service as a journal/grant/abstract reviewer

Procedures for submission