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Women's Health Research

Application Deadline


Expected Start Date

July 1 (Preferred)

Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to vhaphicherpfellowship@va.gov.

The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in this particular fellowship training program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and/or research experiences, and how you see this program promoting your professional and career goals.

In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly from the letter writers.

The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.

Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to women Veterans.


The Women's Health Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is recruiting candidates for a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship program. The goal of the program is to cultivate women's health researchers to develop careers that will contribute to the VA's core mission of delivering high quality, equitable care to women Veterans.

Focus Areas include:

  • Disparities in women's healthcare
  • Disparties in contraceptive and sex education
  • Provider perspectives on sexually transmitted disease treatment
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Patient-centered outcomes research
  • Intimate partner violence


  • US Citizen
  • Doctoral level or physician researchers with emphasis on gender specific medicine
  • Doctoral degrees (or nearing the end of their doctoral training)
  • Clinical (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers)
  • OR non-clinical associated health professionals (e.g., anthropologists, sociologists, health economists)
  • An academic interest in women's health
  • Desire to contribute to the VA's core mission of evaluating and improving the delivery and quality of health care for women Veterans

Candidates who are people of color or from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


This interdisciplinary program trains associated health professionals for academic research careers focused on women's health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training (if appropriate) is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes research best practices, study design, statistical analysis, and grant preparation. Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements.

History and Purpose

In 1994, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) started VA's Advanced Fellowships Program in Health Issues of Women Veterans. There was a growing awareness of the complex health needs of women veterans and the importance of training physicians for academic careers in this specialized field.

After a competitive review, OAA selected host fellowship sites based on the medical facility's ability to provide the needed population of women veterans, the strength of its academic program, its ability to provide expert research mentoring, and its commitment to leadership in women veterans health issues.