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CHERP Advanced Post-doctoral Fellowships

Supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations


The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion maintains a strong fellowship program to promote early career research among post-doctoral clinicians and non-clinicians.  We are committed to increasing VA and national capacity for rigorous health equity and health services research. CHERP provides a number of opportunities for scholars with advanced degrees to build upon their research experience in graduate school and launch a career in VA research.  Click on the resources listed below for more information about programs by area of interest.

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Is a CHERP Research Fellowship right for you?

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Health Services Research & Development

A two-year program that provides advanced training in health services research for post-doctoral clinicians and non-clinicians to launch a career in VA Research.

Focus Areas include:
  • Health equity in vulnerable populations

  • Quality, safety and value of medications and medical procedures

  • Dual use of pharmacy benefits across health systems

  • Behavioral economics and health care
Start Date:  Rolling

  • US Citizen

  • MD, PhD, or other equivalent doctoral degree

  • Experience in health services research

  • Success in conducting scholarly research projects

  • Desire to become a health services research leader                           

Pharmacy Fellowship in Medication Safety and Outcomes

Partnered with the VA Pharmacy Benefits Management Services (PBM), this two-year fellowship prepares doctoral level pharmacists to become (1) independent practioners with expertise in medication safety and (2) independent investigators with expertise in pharcoepidemiology, outcomes research, and systematic quality improvement that contributes to quality, safety, effectiveness and value of medication therapy.

Focus areas include:
  • Pharmacovigilance

  • Medication safety

  • Pharmacoepidemiology

  • Dual use of pharmacy benefits across health systems
Start Date: Rolling (Academic calendar year start preferred)

  • US Citizen

  • PharmD

  • Interest in the application of both clinical and research pharmacy practice

  • Commitment to improve medication safety within and beyond the VA Healthcare System

 VA Interdisciplinary Addiction Program for Education and Research (VIPER)


A two-year program that provides advanced interprofessional training in addictions treatment with the goal of preparing researchers, clinicians and educators to be leaders in addiction treatment in VA general medical and specialty settings.  Visit their dedicated website here.

Focus areas include:

  • Interdisciplinary addictions research in general medical settings

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

  • Addiction pharmacotherapy

  • Addiction and homelessness
Start Date: Rolling (Academic calendar year start preferred)

  •  US Citizen

  • MD, PhD, or other equivalent doctoral degree


  • Relevant clinical master's degree (e.g., nursing, social work) and license for independent practice

  • A commitment to reduce the burden of Veteran alcohol and other substance use disorders

 Women's Health (Clinical Research Track)

A two-year program affliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)/University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. This track prepares physicians and doctoral level non-physicians for an academic resarch career with a focus on evaluationg delivery and quality of care for woman 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
Start Date: July 1 start date preferred

  •  US Citizen

  • Doctoral level or physician researchers with emphasis on gender specific medicine

  • 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 woment Veterans