Overview and Objective
The intent of the American Physical Therapy Association is to promote academic excellence and advance research that improves physical therapist practice by funding an early-investigator education research fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to the most highly qualified applicant who currently holds a faculty appointment at an accredited US academic institution and is embarking on his or her sabbatical year. This award will help develop the career of an early investigator who will add to or refine the body of knowledge on which physical therapist research is based.
- 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 and pursue external research funding that would be mutually beneficial to both APTA and the awardee.
- Facilitate a collaborative research relationship between APTA and the awardee's university.
- Attend meetings agreed to between APTA and the awardee.
- Must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident (holder of a permanent resident card) of the United States
- Must have a post-professional doctoral degree (eg. PhD, EdD, ScD)
- Must hold a current faculty appointment at an accredited US academic institution
- Must have an active physical therapist license
- Must be a current 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
- Must be able to participate in the fellowship during the awardee's sabbatical year
Period: The fellowship period begins no earlier than March 5, 2018, and will end no later than August 30, 2019. Any deviations from the fellowship
period must be approved prior to the start date.
Compensation: This is a 12-month fellowship experience. The award amount is 50% of the applicant's sabbatical salary, up to
$60,000. Support also includes allocated travel to required conferences and meetings, information resources, and technical support. Support does not include health
benefits, paid vacation, paid sick days, or travel to APTA headquarters.
How to Apply
Please forward all of the following to the APTA Human Resources Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org, attn: APTA Early Investigator:
- A CV (including any previous and current research support) and bibliography
- An essay describing your background and experience, what you hope to gain from the fellowship, and how this experience will help you achieve the goals of your sabbatical (not to exceed 2 pages)
- A statement of previous research, scholarly productivity, research interest, and long-term career goals (not to exceed 2 pages)
- 2 letters of recommendation (at least 1 letter must be from the applicants department chair or dean)
The call for applications 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 early-investigator education research fellowship to email@example.com.