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Advanced Fellowship in Clinical and Health Services Research

Co-Directors: Diana Burgess, PhD and Timothy Wilt, MD, MPH
Associate Directors: Michele Spoont, PhD and Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH

About the Fellowship Program

We offer two-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical and health services research for qualified candidates with a PhD, MD or other doctoral degree (e.g., DNP). Candidates interested in PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, healthcare disparities, implementation science, high value health care and policy, biostatistics, research methodology, cancer prevention and screening, substance use disorders, or epidemiology may find CCDOR a particularly good fit but other candidates are encouraged to apply.

All fellows are paired with a primary mentor, selected from a talented cadre of senior investigators. Fellows will participate in an intensive mentored research experience, with training in grant and manuscript writing, health services research, and advanced research methods. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in systematic reviews, under the auspices of the Minneapolis VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program.

Who should apply?
PhD fellows must have (or be close to completing) a PhD or equivalent in health services research, nursing, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields. Degree must be completed prior to start. Fellows receive an annual stipend plus health insurance benefits. The 2018-2019 stipend for PhD fellows is $49,299 in year 1 and $51,963 in year 2. The stipend for nurse fellows is $56,010 in year 1 and $59,341 in year 2. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

MD fellows must have (or be close to completing) the following requirements: have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency, be board certified or board eligible, and have an active unrestricted U.S. medical license. These requirements must be completed prior to start. International medical graduates must also have an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Physicians in the fields of internal medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and other specialties are encouraged to apply. 

MD Fellows receive 85% protected time for research and education and have the opportunity to complete an MPH in epidemiology or health services research or an MS in clinical research through the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) School of Public Health. MD fellows also have opportunities for outpatient and inpatient clinical experiences at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and for teaching within the UMN Medical School.  Salary is based on PGY level. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter stating career interests and fellowship goals, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to Diana Burgess, PhD ( 

We are accepting applications for PhD fellows until November 1 each year. Off-cycle PhD applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. MD applicants may submit applications at any time.

CCDOR is an interdisciplinary research center located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. CCDOR is a vibrant organization with 24 core investigators, 7 affiliate or associate investigators, 2 Fellows and a Statistical and Data Programming Core of 13.

Click here to view some of our current and past fellows.


Diana Burgess, PhD
Fellowship Director
CCDOR, Building 9/152