Health Services Research Postdoctoral Ph.D. Fellowship - Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
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Health Services Research Postdoctoral Ph.D. Fellowship

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our Ph.D. post-doctoral fellowship Program. It is our goal to train promising scientists in the fundamental concepts, outcomes, and methods of health services research; by the end of the program, fellows are excellent scientists competitive for an independent research career.

We firmly believe that the most significant contributions to science and practice are made through collaboration and team-based research; we believe that teaching others how to do good science makes us better scientists. Consequently, we follow a team-based model of mentoring and research. Fellows assemble a team of faculty mentors to guide them through their fellowship; together they co-create a mentoring plan based on fellow needs and goals, which serves as the roadmap for the fellowship. Fellows' needs can vary considerably; by establishing needs and goals early, the program aims to deliver a highly tailored, targeted, and successful fellowship experience.

We encourage you to explore our faculty and current fellows' profiles and learn about everything IQuESt has to offer. If you have any questions about our program, please do not hesitate to contact me. We hope we inspire you to pursue health services research, and look forward to helping you launch your health services research career.

Program Overview

The fellowship provides two years of 100% protected effort for health services research experience and training at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. An appropriate research mentor from among the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety faculty will be identified prior to acceptance in the program. Primary mentors along with other faculty, who may be outside IQuESt (when appropriate), will guide fellows during the course of their fellowship. Fellowship alumni will be prepared to obtain careers developing and conducting health services research, establishing innovative health services programs within care systems, or directing health policy for public or private health systems or governmental bodies.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates for Ph.D. program:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have a doctoral degree in: health service research, economics, psychology, epidemiology, public health, sociology, health policy, statistics, communications, anthropology, or other health services-related field.
  • Must have completed the doctoral degree prior to entering the fellowship program. However, interested candidates can begin the fellowship application process if they are within 3 months of completing their doctoral degree.

To apply, please provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests and career plans
  • Three letters of reference
  • Writing sample (e.g. first author publication, chapter from dissertation, job market paper)

Following review of these materials, selected applicants will participate in a one-day interview process that includes a presentation of their current research work. At such time you will need to bring an official transcript and a copy of your dissertation.

Please send all information to:

Education Program Coordinator

Deadline: December 1

All application materials must be received no later than December 1 to be considered for the following fall.

For More Information:

To request more information, contact the Education Program Coordinator.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Baylor College of Medicine are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employers and hire only individuals authorized to work in the U.S.