Training Fellowship in Rehabilitation Policy Research

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The University of Washington (UW), in partnership with Columbia University's Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, is pleased to announce a competitive postdoctoral fellowship for individuals with an interest in the intersection of aging, disability, and policy research.

Through this fellowship, we hope to increase the number of successful independent researchers who are prepared to conduct research investigations related to healthcare policy for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.

What is the program?

This fellowship is a mentored, sequential, two-year training experience. During the first year, fellows will conduct interdisciplinary research in disability and rehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle. In the second year, fellows will relocate to Washington D.C., where they will participate in a structured policy training program, including placement in a federal agency.

All fellows will be provided a salary stipend, funds for travel and coursework, and some relocation expenses.

Who should apply?

This program is interdisciplinary, and invites applicants with a doctoral level degree (including PhD, MD, JD, or equivalent), from any discipline with a policy component.  These include rehab sciences, psychology, nursing, social work, OT/PT, epidemiology, public health, health services research, public administration, economics, medicine, or law.

We seek applicants across career stages, from those with new doctoral degrees to those looking for more policy or research training mid-career.

How to apply:

The application process takes place in two rounds.  For the first round, applicants should submit the following materials directly to the Director, Dr. Molton (

  1. A 2-3 page double-spaced personal statement, describing the reasons you would like to be a fellow, including your strengths and qualifications for the program, your preference (if any) for a particular type of policy setting placement (e.g., Congress, executive agencies, policy organizations), the specific objectives you hope to achieve from this experience and how they relate to your professional goals.  
  2. Two letters of recommendation (from teachers, supervisors or mentors)
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae
  4. A sample publication

Additional Information

The deadline for the first round application is March 15th, 2018. Applicants who are selected to continue will be asked to complete a second round, which will include interviews.

The fellowship typically begins in September or October, although this can be somewhat flexible based on the fellow's needs.

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Molton,

The contents of this webpage were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90AR5026-01-00). NIDILRR is a center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.