Full-Time Postdoctoral Fellowships

CoHSTAR Full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship

Request for Applications

Applications due February 15, 2023

Training Locations:

  • Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Boston University, Boston, MA
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Opportunity: Applications are open for CoHSTAR Postdoctoral fellowships. Postdoctoral fellowships are fulltime, onsite at one of  the three participating institutions. Trainees will be provided with didactic training, travel support, information resources, and secretarial or technical support. Fellows will receive health benefits, vacation days and sick days.

The stipend amount for 1st year postdoctoral fellows in $60,000/per fellow per year (inflated annually each year).

$7,500 is available per year for travel and training related expenses.

Postdoctoral fellowship terms may begin as early as June, 1 2023.

About CoHSTAR:

CoHSTAR builds upon the well-established and nationally renowned health services research and training infrastructure available at its trio of collaborating institutions: Brown University, Boston University and University of Pittsburgh.

The specific goals of CoHSTAR are to:

  1. Build health services research infrastructure to facilitate interdisciplinary health services/health policy research by physical therapist scientists.
  2. Expand the number of physical therapist health services/health policy researchers by training highly skilled, physical therapist health services/health policy researchers.
  3. Increase the quantity and quality of physical therapy health services/health policy research by supporting high quality pilot and small studies that lead to external funding and scholarship.
  4. Build upon active and growing research programs at collaborating institutions to build a sustainable, long-term capacity  for PT health services and health policy research training.

Who is Eligible?

Qualified candidates will be physical therapists with advanced graduate training (PhD, ScD, DrPH) or persons with DPTs and formal research training and a history of research experience and publication consistent with someone who has had doctoral-level research experience. In keeping with Foundation requirements, viable candidates must be citizens, or noncitizen nationals, of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.

Application Process: 

Qualified candidates are invited to apply.  Initial applications will be screened and the most promising candidates will be selected for interviews. The initial interview will be used to identify potential mentor matching and determine the site of a follow-up in-person interview.

During the in-person interview, candidates will meet with CoHSTAR faculty and pertinent mentors and will present their research. Following candidates’ visits,  CoHSTAR faculty will make recommendations to the Executive Committee as to whether to offer the candidate a position.

Screening for post-doctoral positions will continue until all successful candidates have been identified or the search is closed.

CoHSTAR is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community  and considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Preparing an Application:

Matching fellows to mentors is crucial for a successful training experience.  The successful postdoctoral fellowship candidate will have a focused research interest that aligns well with the research interests of a potential CoHSTAR mentor.  Persons interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship should engage in preliminary discussions with CoHSTAR Faculty members to identify their desired training site as well as their potential primary mentor.

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • An essay (500 to 1000 words) describing their career plans in the area of health services research.  Include a statement of research interests and experience, as well as the key research questions that might be pursued during the fellowship period.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three current letters of reference, at least one of these from a faculty member in your doctoral program
  • A copy of their best written work


Applications due February 15, 2023

Please submit application materials to: Margarite_Whitten@Brown.edu

Subject line: CoHSTAR Faculty Fellowship Application (NAME)

For more information please email Margarite_Whitten@Brown.edu, or call 1-401-863-7435