Part-time Faculty Fellowships CoHSTAR

CoHSTAR Part-time, Faculty Fellowship
Request for Applications

Applications due February 15, 2023


Applications are now open for CoHSTAR faculty fellowships. These fellowships are for full-time faculty members interested in developing their careers as health services researchers. Trainees will be provided with mentorship, travel support, and information resources.  

Faculty fellows will retain their faculty appointments at their home institutions, while utilizing CoHSTAR support to maximize their protected time for research activities. Matching the fellow with a CoHSTAR mentor is a crucial element of a successful application (see the section on Preparing an Application).

The stipend amount for faculty fellows in 2023 is $60,000/per fellow per year. The faculty 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. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time faculty member and physical therapist
  • Doctoral degree (PhD, ScD) or research experience equivalent
  • Strong record of scholarly productivity as evidenced by peer reviewed publications, grants and other activities (not necessarily in the area of health services research)
  • 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


Preparing an Application:

Matching fellows to mentors is crucial for a successful training experience. The successful faculty fellowship candidate will have a focused research interest that aligns well with the research interests of his or her proposed potential CoHSTAR mentor.  Persons interested in applying for a faculty fellowship should engage in preliminary discussions with CoHSTAR faculty members early in the application process to develop a successful research and training plan.

Application Process:  

Initial applications will be screened and the most promising candidates will be selected for interviews.  

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

Screening for open 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 without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Applicants from diverse backgrounds or interested in health disparities are particularly encouraged to apply: we encourage candidates to avoid self-selecting out of the pool and welcome applicants from any academic location or setting.

CoHSTAR Faculty Fellowship Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. A short essay (1000 to 2000 words) describing their career trajectory to date, their experience in health services research and their career goals.  
  2. A proposed plan of activities for the faculty fellowship experience (2 pages maximum) 
    1. Objectives 
    2. Plan of activities with timeline
    3. Proposed deliverables 
    4. Brief statement explaining the significance and impact of their fellowship activities
    5. Proposed potential primary mentor and mentoring site
      1. A mentoring plan describing how the applicant would engage with the faculty mentor
  3.  Budget and detailed budget justification
    1. A proposed budget of up to $60,000 per year (this may include salary and research expenses). CoHSTAR will enter into a memorandum of agreement with the applicants university to cover these costs. No indirect costs allowed
    2. A separate budget of up to $7,500 per year for travel and training related expenses. These funds would be reimbursed directly to the fellow as expenses are incurred.
  4. A curriculum vitae.
  5. Two current letters of reference
  6. A letter of support from the applicant’s departmental chairperson stating that the faculty’s time will be protected for research during the fellowship period. Department contributions of in-kind release time for teaching or other tangible support (such as provision of a research assistant) are strongly encouraged.
  7. A letter of support from the proposed potential faculty mentor is required.  


  • Faculty fellows must devote the bulk of their time to health services research activities, a portion of which may be supported through other grants or funding outside of CoHSTAR
  • Faculty fellows are expected to participate in CoHSTAR activities and visit the CoHSTAR mentor and primary site as needed to conduct their work.


Applications are due February 15, 2023

Please submit application materials to:

Subject line: CoHSTAR Faculty Fellowship Application (NAME)


For more information please email, or call 1-401-863-7435