MCEH/Nursing PhD Fellowship

School of Nursing buildingThis pre-doctoral fellowship is a unique opportunity for nursing and engineering PhD students to collaborate with faculty within the Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Nursing.  We are looking for a clear research idea that fosters collaboration between the two schools.

The fellowship provides 1 year of PhD funding (coursework and stipend), which may be renewed for a second year.

The fellow will work with faculty with resources to advance research dedicating to improving patient outcomes through focused strategies in:

  • Implementation Science: scaling evidence-based interventions, developing sustainable healthcare programs across complex healthcare settings, systems thinking and design
  • Technologic Innovation: developing and testing of data mining strategies, machine learning, app-enabled workforce improvements, robotics
  • Systems Modeling and Optimization: clinical predication models, quality and safety, designs to improve efficiency and healthcare delivery

The training program includes a dedicated mentor in each school and curriculum enhancements that support the research goals. The program’s overall objective is to cultivate expertise among multidisciplinary teams in the conduct of research that improves patient care delivery.


Recipients of this fellowship will be eligible for up to $5,000 in research support.

Application Requirements

  •  Second-year Nursing or Engineering PhD student who has a research idea related to the topical areas above– Faculty research match within both nursing and engineering
  •  All first-year requirements of the PhD degree must be completed before the start of training, and candidate has reached candidacy
  •  A research goal statement or aims page, a training plan that supports the stated research goals and a CV. The goal statement and the training plan should be maximum 3 pages combined.

Funding Requirements

  • Selection as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow
  • Submission of required documents: Specific Aims Page, Methods, and Budget Justification
  • Review and approval by review committee

Curriculum Enrichments

  • Training plan review by mentors– Quarterly mentor meetings with faculty
  • Research residency opportunities across schools
  • Integrated implementation science coursework

Important Dates

  • July 15, 2019 – Application due
  • August 15, 2019 – Notifications
  • September 1, 2019 – Fellowship start date


Email [email protected] (Engineering) OR Lauren Brereton (Nursing) at [email protected]

Ready to Apply?

Please combine ALL of the required documents ( goal statement or aims page, a CV, and a training plan that support the stated research goals) into ONE pdf file and submit below. Name your pdf file “2019 MCEH Fellowship_YourLastName”

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