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The Northwestern University Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research requires all fellows to be enrolled in a master’s degree program offered in The Graduate School of Northwestern University (TGS). We recommend enrolling in relevant coursework in the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research. Following consultation with the Fellowship Executive Committee and mentors, fellows may consider enrollment in another master degree offered by TGS.


Campus interviews are required for all applicants.

Selection criteria include prior academic training and professional experience, the extent to which the applicant’s research interests relate to the strengths of the fellowship, the applicant's strength of commitment to a health services research career and the applicant’s potential to contribute significantly to the field of health services research.

All applicants must have completed a doctoral degree prior to the awarding of the fellowship.

International Applicants

International applicants may apply for fellowship spots funded by The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training if they have research interests aligned with the Administration for Community Living, NIDILRR's long range plan.

A H-1B visa is required for all international applicants accepted to the fellowship. An applicant who is currently on an F-1 visa will, in most cases, be eligible for work authorization called OPT. Applicants should check with their current international student adviser to see if that applies. If so, once accepted to the program, they can apply for the work authorization and begin working at Northwestern University with the EAD card. Then, Northwestern University can begin the process to do a Change of Status petition to H-1B.

How to Apply

First, complete the pre-application. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. However, we encourage applicants to consider applying at least 6 months in advance of their preferred start date.

Currently we do not have any openings for our Disability and Employment, Health & Function or Disability Policy Fellowships. Our next opening will be in Summer 2023.


Upon being accepted into the fellowship program, new fellows are required to submit an online application to and enroll in TGS so they are able to register for didactic courses during the fellowship. 

Applicants will be prompted to pay an application fee of $95, which must be paid by credit card. For technical difficulties with the online application, please call the technical support hotline at 1-800-526-3313.

Please use Program Code H04MS for the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research or Program Code H04ND for the non-degree program in Health Services and Outcomes Research. If you do not plan on registering for at least one course each quarter during the fellowship program, please select H04ND in your application.

TGS requires all applicants to submit supporting documents (letters of recommendation and original transcripts) to accompany the online application. However, since applicants are already required to submit these items in the pre-application, there is no need to submit an additional set of documents. These documents will be obtained from the office of the Fellowship Program and submitted to TGS.

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