Post-Doctoral Training/Fellowship Opportunity

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Post-Doctoral Training/Fellowship Opportunity

Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing seeks applicants for the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence’s (CGNE) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests related to topics of aging, including age-friendly care, care of persons living with dementia, well-being and efficacy of care partners, cognitive impairment, delirium, stigma related to aging and dementia, workforce preparation and support, and person-centered care, as well as other aging-related topics aligned with the CGNE mission and research portfolios of faculty in the Center.

Successful fellowship candidates will be paired with faculty mentors based on a shared area of focus and interest. Fellows will work directly on research projects of CGNE-affiliated faculty, pursue independent research activities in line with their developing program of research, and engage in professional development opportunities across Penn State. All fellows are funded for two years, contingent on progress in achieving first-year goals.

Brief Description

OrganizationThe Pennsylvania State University
Education LevelFellowship
Access ModeOnline
Number of AwardsNA
Contest DeadlineRolling basis until filled
Application FeesNA
RequirementsFellowship application

Who is Eligible?

  • Ph.D. prepared Nurses (or related field) within two years of degree completion preferred.
  • She has demonstrated commitment to scholarship in aging, geriatrics, and gerontology.
  • The applicant’s area of interest must be aligned with at least one faculty mentor in the Center. (
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity, including research-based publications and excellent dissemination skills (oral and written). 
  • Candidates for this position should demonstrate a strong motivation to develop an independent research career.
  • Fellowships are open to eligible U.S. citizens and international applicants. Applicants from groups underrepresented in the nursing profession are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply?

Please submit the following materials in a single  PDF document. Applicants should provide:

  • Cover Letter and Table of Contents
  • Current CV with contact information included.
  • One-two page research statement including goals for a program of research over the next five years.
  • One-two page personal statement describing: goals for the CGNE postdoc fellowship, interest in expanding or learning new research skills, how interests align with CGNE and CON, identified primary mentor, and alignment with their research program.
  • Copy of one published article.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation. One of these letters must be from the identified primary mentor at Penn State and include justification for the proposed fellowship. All letters should be sent via email directly from the recommender (not the applicant) and speak to the applicant’s scholarly abilities, areas for growth, and future potential.


  • Salary commensurate with background and experience. (or provide a range if OK)
  • Health Insurance Benefits: We will follow Penn State Policy.
  • Provision of mentorship and guidance to develop independent scholarship and promote robust research career trajectory.
  • Funding for conference registration and travel support, and professional development opportunities.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized faculty in aging.
  • Access to various datasets from randomized trials involving older adults in long-term and acute care settings.
  • Ability to apply for CGNE project funding support.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the online submission of the application and supporting documents is a Rolling basis until filled.

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