Overview and Objective
The intent of the American Physical Therapy Association is to provide a mentored research experience by funding a postdoctoral education research fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to the most highly qualified postdoctoral physical therapist applicant who intends to pursue a career in education research and who is most likely to ensure that the physical therapy profession benefits from his or her commitment and scholarship. This award will: (1) continue the development of a doctorally prepared physical therapist who will add to or refine the body of knowledge on which physical therapist education is based; and (2) advance the association's priority to promote research and knowledge that improves physical therapist practice. The awardee will also benefit from the mentorship of the vice president of research and the vice president of education, as well as the opportunity to interact with top researchers in the physical therapy field (including board members and the editor-in-chief of Physical Therapy) to leverage mentorship opportunities.
- Assist APTA in 1) evaluating the impact of physical therapy residency education, fellowship education, and/or specialties on professional behaviors, clinical decision making and clinical outcomes; 2) evaluating the effect of clinical education models on clinical outcomes, passing rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination, and employment settings after graduation; and 3) validating specialist certification eligibility, mentorship form, and evaluation instruments.
- Assist APTA in developing strategies for collaborating with other research-related organizations to demonstrate the value of physical therapy education.
- Provide APTA with additional statistical support to help evaluate and/or analyze internal and external data.
- Explore external data for answers to questions raised in APTA's data strategy audit.
- Assist APTA staff in responding to member inquires related to research.
- Explore research opportunities and pursue external funding that is of interest to the awardee, and would be mutually beneficial to both the awardee and APTA.
- Attend meetings agreed to between APTA and the awardee.
- Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident (holders of a permanent resident card) of the United States
- Must have a post-professional doctoral degree (eg. PhD, EdD, ScD)
- Must have an active physical therapist license
- Must be an active member of APTA
- Must have qualitative and quantitative research experience
- Must be able to travel on a monthly basis to meetings, conferences, and APTA's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia
Period: The fellowship period begins no earlier than March 5, 2018, and ends no later than August 31, 2019. Any deviations from the fellowship period must be approved prior to the start date.
Compensation: This is a 13-month training experience. The award amount is an annual stipend of $55,000 per fellow. Support also includes allocated travel to required conferences and meetings, information resources, technical support, and a health insurance stipend. It does not include paid vacation, paid sick leave, or travel to APTA headquarters.
How to Apply
Please forward all of the following to the APTA Human Resources Department at email@example.com, attn: APTA Postdoctoral Fellow:
- A CV (including any previous and current support) and bibliography
- An essay describing your background and experience, and what you hope to gain from the fellowship (not to exceed 1 page)
- A statement of previous research, scholarly productivity, research interest, and long-term career goals (not to exceed 2 pages)
- Abstract of dissertation (not to exceed 1 page)
- 2 letters of recommendation
The call for applicants is now closed.
- In-person and virtual interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis with an opportunity for in-person interviews to occur at CSM in February 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and continue as needed.
- Applicant notification will be made in or around April 2018.
Please direct all questions regarding APTA's postdoctoral education research fellowship to firstname.lastname@example.org.