CCDOR-HSR Fellowship Training Program Accepting Applications

For over three decades, the Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR), has established an outstanding track record of training physician and postdoctoral research fellows, with fellowship alumni now in leadership positions in VA, academia, state government, and the private sector.

The CCDOR-HSR fellowship program is committed to training the next generation of researchers with the skills needed to become change agents in healthcare systems. Candidates interested in trauma recovery, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, health equity, implementation science and learning healthcare systems (LHS), and cancer prevention and screening may find CCDOR a particularly good fit, but other candidates are encouraged to apply.

The CCDOR-HSR fellowship provides two years of training for eligible physicians, associated health or nursing professionals and those with a PhD or equivalent in health services research, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields. Fellows spend approximately 80% of their time in research and education and 20% in clinical care (or healthcare system improvement activities for non-clinicians) at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. All fellows are paired with a Primary Research Mentor, selected from a talented cadre of CCDOR investigators, and an Operations Mentor. Operations Mentors are clinical or operational leaders who will help fellows address high priority research questions, navigate systems barriers to change, and ultimately conduct more impactful research. Our innovative curriculum emphasizes experiential mentored learning, embedded research, and formal methodologic training.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens with an MD, PhD, or other doctoral degree. All fellows receive a competitive stipend plus health insurance benefits. MD applicants have the option to complete a master’s degree.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter stating career interests and fellowship goals, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to We are accepting applications for PhD fellows until November 1 each yearto begin fellowship the following fall. Off-cycle PhD applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. MD applicants may submit applications at any time. 

Click here for more information about the fellowship and the leadership team: Director: Diana Burgess, PhD; Co-Director: Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH; Associate Director: Michele Spoont, PhD; Associate Director for Curriculum: Nathan Shippee, PhD