Doctoral and postdoctoral training

Doctoral and postdoctoral training

The UW School of Nursing offers several opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral training.

Engaging with Aging Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing

To build the science around healthy aging, there is an urgent need to develop the next generation of nursing scientists. The University of Washington School of Nursing has a long history in developing nursing science in the care of older adults. We are pleased to announce the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is offering one Engaging with Aging Post-Doctoral Fellow position to start in summer 2019, funded by a School of Nursing donor. Engaging with Aging (EWA) is a framework and set of processes that agers may choose to use to proactively manage their daily living in the face of normally emerging and progressing maturational developments with or without the presence of pathology.

The Fellowship

The purpose of the post-doctoral position is to prepare individuals for research careers in universities, health care agencies, government agencies or industry. The post-doctoral fellow will be supported for one year of training with a second year of funding available based on satisfactory progress in the first year. The individual will develop skills to create further independent funding to support their career, spend time publishing work from their dissertation and/or their mentors’ research studies, and spend at least 50% effort on developing and conducting a study in which the purpose will be to improve our understanding of the concept of Engaging with Aging.

You can read more about approaching older adult care and research from the perspective of Engaging with Aging here, in an editorial from de Tornyay Center director, Basia Belza, and Associate Professor Emeritus Janet Primomo.

The Engaging with Aging concept is inspired in part by a blog, written by UW School of Nursing emeritus faculty member, Doris Carnevali. You can read the blog here.

Program Aims

  • Recruit and retain a qualified diverse cadre of post-doctoral fellows to conduct gerontological research
  • Provide interdisciplinary didactic research training in the fundamental theories, methods, and skills necessary to conduct gerontological research
  • Facilitate the ability of postdoctoral trainees to develop research expertise through ongoing research experience in aging that integrates mentoring by interdisciplinary teams, exposure to and immersion in ongoing research activities, and structured feedback and critique
  • Mentor trainees in the ethical conduct of research, especially in diverse vulnerable populations
  • Evaluate the training program structures, processes, and outcomes on an ongoing and annual basis


  • Complete a PhD in Nursing Science degree during or after 2017 and by the time the position starts
  • Be eligible for U.S. employment
  • Show evidence of a program of research that supports the concept of Engaging with Aging
  • Preferred qualification: Applicant is currently a registered nurse

Application Information

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and 1-2 pieces of sample writing (e.g. articles, grants).
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be sent directly to from the recommender, not the applicant. Letters should address the applicants’ scholarly abilities, area for growth, and future potential in academia. Letters need to be received by the application deadline.
  • Applicant’s cover letter should include responses to the following questions. Each question has a maximum of 200 words.
  1. How do your research interests match with the concept of Engaging with Aging for healthy older adults living on their own?
  2. The EWA Post-doctoral Fellowship will be required to develop a research project around the concept of EWA. What ideas do you have for this project?
  3. What do you hope to get out of doing a post-doctoral fellowship and what are your 3 and 5 year professional goals?

Deadline Updated: All application materials are to be addressed to Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging and sent to by Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5pm PST.  Questions about the position can be directed to Ms. Heather Wicklein Sanchez, Manager, de Tornyay Center for Health Aging, at

Diversity is a core value of University of Washington. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

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Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE Seattle)

The Seattle Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) is working to advance education of interdisciplinary teams and develop clinical leaders who deliver patient-centered care, transform delivery of healthcare services, and improve health outcomes. A central focus of the Seattle CoEPCE is to develop skills needed for collaborative primary care practice during training.

With nearly half of clinical training in the VA primary care, the CoEPCE curriculum incorporates both direct patient clinical experiences and interprofessional interactive seminars with longitudinal themes including team-building; “Meet Your Colleagues” in a variety of health disciplines; panel management; and multidisciplinary hands-on clinical sessions.

Program Highlights

  • Highly functioning interprofessional teams with enhanced doctorate of nursing practice students (DNP) and physician residents in a collaborative leadership model
  • Developing trainees’ skills in panel management and performance improvement
  • Promoting longitudinal relationships in PACT, with innovative shared decision-making curricula
  • Emphasis on Care of Veterans, deployment health and unique needs of Veterans, spanning postgraduate and undergraduate learners in health professions

Apply to the Post-DNP Residency Program

Our program fosters transformation of clinical education by preparing post-DNP graduates of health professional programs to work in and lead patient-centered interprofessional teams that provide coordinated longitudinal care.

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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.

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