Doctoral Fellowships

The UTHealth School of Nursing (SON) and the doctoral programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD Programs) are pleased to announce collaborative partnerships with a variety of clinical facilities and programs to create doctoral fellowship opportunities for selected students.  A doctoral fellowship is a planned, supervised, and mentored immersion experience focused in a particular organization/system and/or clinical focus.

The goals of the UTHealth doctoral fellowship program are to:

  • Educate graduates to be clinical and/or research scholars through interprofessional team mentoring focused on a population and clinical problem of interest.
  • Create a model for preparing advanced practice nurses for doctoral level practice.
  • Integrate doctoral students into clinical practice groups who can contribute to the work of the practice or agency.
  • Prepare advanced clinical and research scholars to develop programs of research and quality improvement.

An example of a doctoral fellowship and focus might be neonatal/pediatrics or stroke in the practice setting of a UT Physician, or working with an interdisciplinary team researching cardiovascular disease outcomes.

Selection Criteria

Only students who have been accepted into the DNP or PhD program at the UTHealth School of Nursing can be considered for a doctoral fellowship. Students interested in applying must contact the appropriate DNP and PhD program director. Select applicants will be interviewed by both a representative of the clinical agency and SON.

Fellow Responsibilities and Required Activities

If selected, the doctoral fellowship will be designed as follows:

  • The student will be designated as a doctoral fellow in the specific agency or clinical area such as a DNP Neonatal/Pediatric Fellow or PhD Cerebrovascular Fellow.
  • A mentorship team will be assembled which will consist of representatives of the clinical agency/practice and faculty of the DNP program. The team will guide and mentor the student through the entire doctoral program based on set objectives and benchmarks for progression. 

For DNP and PhD Students:

  • Participate in clinical rounds with the team on a regular basis (ex. once a week) in order to understand the population of interest.
  • Attend monthly (or as scheduled) team meetings.

For DNP Students:

  • The DNP Project, a major quality improvement project, will be focused within the specialty practice area.
  • All preceptorships (2) and fellowships (2) related to the doctoral program will be planned within the specialty practice area.

For PhD Students:

  • The fellowship will be in the student's designated research and clinical area. The student will work with the specialty team to coordinate research interests related to the clinical practice.


Doctoral Fellows will receive funding for full tuition and fees on a semester basis.  As long as the Fellow is in good academic standing and meets the established objectives and benchmarks, she or he will continue to receive financial support for their education. Funding amounts are adjusted per the students approved part-time or full-time degree plan.