Doctoral and postdoctoral training

Predoctoral Scholarship in Gerontological Nursing

The de Tornyay Center for Health Aging offers a scholarship for students pursuing a PhD in Nursing Science with an emphasis in gerontological nursing. Recipients will receive full tuition for autumn, winter and spring quarters with a small stipend or salary for up to two years.

Ph.D. applicants who are accepted for admission will be considered for the de Tornyay Center Predoctoral Scholarship in Gerontological Nursing and notified of this offer in their acceptance letter.

Ph.D. program applicants are encouraged to discuss their specific area of interest in gerontological nursing when they complete the online PhD application.

Download the Predoctoral Scholarship in Gerontological Nursing Flyer

T32 Aging and Informatics Training Program

The UW School of Nursing has a new training program in Aging and Informatics funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. We are seeking qualified individuals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, both at the pre-doctoral level (PhD students in Nursing) and post-doctoral level (with a PhD in nursing or related field) for this interdisciplinary research training program that prepares future researchers with expertise in the use of informatics to support aging.

The focus of this training grant is to increase the number of scientists skilled in methods, and skills necessary to conduct gerontological research including the design, implementation, and evaluation of informatics interventions or systems. Opportunities exist to work with and be mentored by a wide variety of nursing scientists and interdisciplinary groups actively integrating aging and informatics research experience and to obtain structured feedback and critique.

Purpose

The main purpose of the training program is to prepare individuals for research careers in universities, health care agencies, government agencies or industry. Individuals will ordinarily be supported for a minimum of two years of training. During this time they will develop skills to create further independent funding to support them for the remainder of their program (in the case of predoctoral trainees) or their career (in the case of postdoctoral trainees). All trainees will share common outcomes, although the level, breadth, and depth of achievement will be based on their prior training and experience.

Our health care system is facing several challenges as people are living longer, with multiple chronic conditions that increase the need to utilize health care services. The significant increase of the segment of the population aged 65 or older will strain existing care systems.

We are called upon to design innovative approaches that will address this unprecedented demographic shift and will:

  • Improve quality of life for older adults and their families
  • Help them remain healthy and preserve function
  • Prevent falls and adverse events
  • Facilitate disease and symptom management, and
  • Promote palliation and dignity at the end of life

All these goals require not only increased efficiency in our current care practices, but also new approaches and innovative strategies to support aging, including informatics tools and systems.

Objectives

The training program’s specific aims are to:

  • Recruit and retain a qualified diverse cadre of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows to conduct gerontological research that integrates informatics tools
  • Provide interdisciplinary didactic research training in the fundamental theories, methods, and skills necessary to conduct gerontological research including the design, implementation, and evaluation of informatics interventions or systems
  • Facilitate the ability of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to develop research expertise through ongoing research experience in aging and informatics that integrates mentoring by interdisciplinary teams, exposure to and immersion in ongoing research activities, and structured feedback and critique
  • Mentor all trainees in the ethical conduct of research, especially in diverse vulnerable populations, and recognize the ethical implications of technology use in gerontology
  • Evaluate the training program structures, processes, and outcomes on an ongoing and annual basis

Apply

For more information about this program or to apply (including a cover letter and CV), please contact the Dr. George Demiris, training program director, at gdemiris@uw.edu.

Applicants for the postdoc position need to provide:

  • Cover letter explaining what they hope to gain from a postdoctoral fellowship, including research interests and goals
  • Copy of their curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One to two samples of writing (journal articles, essays)
  • Three letters of recommendation

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2016.

Predoctoral fellows or students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Nursing Science need to provide:

  • Letter with a statement of goals for the fellowship
  • Copy of their curriculum vitae (CV)
  • An example of scholarly writing
  • Names of three references