Doctoral and postdoctoral training

Doctoral and postdoctoral training

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

Pre- and Post-doctoral training program in Omics and symptom science

Omics graphicTo meet the goals of precision health, there is an urgent need to develop the next generation of nursing scientists poised to lead interdisciplinary teams that integrate ‘Omics’-based measures with clinical outcomes research. To accomplish this, a concerted effort needs to be made in the training of nursing science doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees with skills necessary to incorporate and evaluate Omics (genomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, microbiome, genomics, epigenomics) in health and disease. The University of Washington School of Nursing has a long history in building biobehavioral nursing science capacity. Our goal is to expand this capacity by integrating Omics tools and interdisciplinary educational approaches into our doctoral and postdoctoral training.

The University of Washington School of Nursing has a T32 training program in Omics and symptom science, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (T32016913). The grant provided opportunities for post-doctoral fellowships of up to 2 years.

To be eligible for appointment for this interdisciplinary research training program, pre-doctoral applicants must:

  • be US citizens or permanent residents
  • be accepted to the University of Washington PhD in Nursing Science Training Program


Post-doctoral applicants

The priority deadline for post-doctoral fellowship applications is January 31, 2019.

Applicants should provide:

  1. a cover letter explaining what they hope to gain from a postdoctoral fellowship, including research interests and goals and how they align with the training provided in this T32.
  2. a copy of their current CV
  3. 1-2 samples of scholarly writing (journal articles, essays)
  4. 3 letters of recommendation. These letters should be sent electronically directly to the training program directors from the recommender (not from the applicant) and should speak to applicant’s scholarly abilities, areas for growth and future potential.

All application materials need to be sent electronically to the Training Director Heitkemper’s assistant Ms. Wendy Herzog ( by January 31, 2019.

Pre-doctoral applicants

All application materials for the PhD in Nursing Science Program need to be submitted as per graduate application instructions by January 15, 2019.

All application materials need to be sent electronically to the Training Director Heitkemper’s assistant Ms. Wendy Herzog ( by January 15, 2019.

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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.


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.


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


We are no longer accepting applications for this training grant.

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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