Clinical Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Call for Application Timeline: March 1st annually


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Minority Fellowship Post Doctoral Program provides opportunities for Fellows to expand and strengthen their research knowledge and skills, and their evidence-based practice and health policy acumen. They will have mentored research and clinical experiences that are related to establishing and/or expanding a program of research within the context of trans-disciplinary learning and teaching. The program is individually designed for each Fellow, and considers the Fellow’s goals, objectives, background, competencies, and deficits, in the science as related to health disparities. The Fellow will meet with his/her mentor and others with specific expertise. The mentor and the Fellow will submit a progress report at the beginning of every semester that clearly delineates the goals, the activities, and the anticipated outcomes that are related to this fellowship. At the end of the semester, the Fellow and mentor will submit a progress report within 15 days after the semester ends.

Goals and Objective

The Fellow is responsible for maximizing the opportunities that are embedded in the fellowship. With the assistance of the Program Director/Mentor, Academic Advisor, he/she must develop a plan of study that is approved and supported by the Program Director/Mentor. This individual is also responsible for evaluating the Fellow at the end of every semester and for making recommendations that address the Fellow’s strengths and weaknesses.

The SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program Post Doctoral Program will provide opportunities to:

  • Expand knowledge and skills pertinent to the Fellow’s research and clinical areas of expertise and apply findings to health policy
  • Publish research findings based on dissertation and other pilot data generated under the auspices of mentors and experts in the Fellow’s area of interest
  • Enhance the depth of understanding associated with attaining knowledge and skill sets essential for addressing health disparities in local and global communities
  • Participate in and appreciate the necessity and relevance for interdisciplinary collaboration and learning in research, practice, and health policy
  • Acquire the vision to and achieve the goal of being leaders in producing influential research, participating in evidence-based practice, and the promulgation of health policy

Post Doctoral Program Activities


Fellows are required to participate in research and clinical seminars that are available at the university and the academic community. They must present their research at least twice each year. The seminars that are selected will be related to the Fellow’s research goals and objective. Embedded within their research should be the topics and content that address health disparities experienced by ethnic minority groups in local and global communities.

Research and Scholarship

Fellows are expected to participate in on-going research at the academic unit where he/she is matriculating. The Fellow may plan and implement a research project, expand an existing research project, or utilize secondary data to explore specific research phenomena. A specific plan for the research activities must be submitted at the beginning of each postdoctoral year of study. Fellows are expected to become proficient and confident in proposal preparation, design and methods, data collection and management, data analysis, data interpretation, and manuscript/report preparation. All Fellows are expected to become proficient in scientific writing and publish in prestigious scientific journals.

Secondary Data

Fellows can also utilize secondary datasets such as the National Inpatient data set, which is a component of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). When such datasets are used, the Fellows should work closely with a mentor who is an expert in the utilization of large datasets, and with statisticians who are proficient with advanced statistical methods, data analysis, and interpretation. This experience should help to catapult the Fellow to another level of sophistication in his/her area of research.

Fellow's Research

Fellows are expected to publish at least five manuscripts from their dissertations, and make specific plans for a program of research that is competitive for external federal and private funding. This planned outcome should be in writing and in progress by the end of the second year of the fellowship.

Academic Training and Expertise Development

All Fellows should find opportunities within the academic setting to present research, matriculate in research classes and seminars, collaborate with others on research projects, and teach some aspect of the research method in seminars and classes. The research activities must relate to the health disparities phenomena. In addition, presentations at scientific institutes, community-based programs, churches, schools, and other venues where at-risk children and adults might congregate, or, the presentation could be with those professionals and paraprofessionals who provide their health care. Regardless of the selected activities, the Fellow is expected to provide a summary statement about the specific activities at the end of each semester.

Trandisciplinary Collaboration

Fellows will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty and colleagues in other disciplines within the university and the community setting. Activities might include, but are not limited to, participating in research seminars in various academic departments. They should also provide consultation to others as is relevant to the reduction and elimination of health disparities.

Contextual Learning

Fellows are expected to become aware of and comfortable with the context within which they work. This program encourages Fellows who wish to work in academic institutions to participate in faculty related activities, including committee meetings, the preparation of lectures, and collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. For those Fellows who select a role of direct practice, they will be expected to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to thrive in the practice environment, including mastering the use of data as the base for evidence-based practice and improved patient care.

Progress Reports

The Fellow is at the center of this fellowship. Thirty days after the fellowship begins, the Fellow and Mentor must submit a tentative plan of study to the MFP Office at the American Nurses Association a detailed document that outlines the specific goals and activities for the first six months of the fellowship. This document must be signed by the Fellow, his/her supervisor and the Program Director. By the end of the third month of the fellowship period, Fellows are expected to have a final plan of study completed and approved by the supervisor and Program Director. Thereafter, the Fellow's self-evaluation progress reports are due at the completion of six, twelve, eighteen and twenty-four months. These progress reports include goals for the period, activities undertaken and their evaluation, grant proposals assisted in or prepared, proposals submitted and/or funded, manuscripts and abstracts submitted and/or accepted, presentations made, professional meetings attended, an evaluation of previously submitted goals, and restatements or refinements of goals for the coming period.


Six Months: Submit one manuscript from the dissertation as first author; Submit one manuscript co-authored with supervisor.

Twelve Months: Proposal for preliminary studies for independent research completed, reviewed by supervisor and core faculty in the area and submitted for funding. Datasets should be used to construct abstracts and develop scientific papers for publication and presentation.

Eighteen Months. Collect and analyze data from independent research project and develop abstracts, manuscripts, and other scientific documents for dissemination through publication and presentation.

Twenty Four Months: Prepare proposals for extramural funding (1), continue to submit manuscripts (3) for publication and podium presentation (2).