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Advanced Fellowships


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advanced Fellowships provide a broad range of educational opportunities for the next cohort of health care leaders and change agents. Through hands-on, mentored educational experiences, trainees develop skills in specific clinical areas and gain experience in policy development, system redesign and research methodology.

Advanced Fellowship programs offer post-residency, post-doctoral, and post-masters fellowships to physicians and dentists, and associated health professions, including psychologists, social workers and pharmacists. Although most Advanced Fellowship programs target clinical professions, several programs offer training for non-clinical health care professions.

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Read the Advanced Fellows Handbook to learn more about the program. Over 20 Advanced Fellowships are offered.

Advanced Fellowship Programs
  • Addiction Treatment
  • Advanced Geriatrics
  • American Board of Medical Specialties Visiting Scholars (ABMS)
  • Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP)
  • Geriatric Neurology
  • Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program
  • Health Services Research and Development
  • Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research
  • Health Systems Engineering
  • Medical Informatics
  • Mental Illness Research & Treatment (MIRECC)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • National Clinician Scholars Program
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Patient Safety
  • Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric Research and Neurosciences
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services
  • Quality Scholars Clinical Simulation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research
  • War Related and Unexplained Illness
  • Women's Health

Application Guidance

While exploring the available fellowships, interested applicants should carefully review the program announcement for specific information about program eligibility. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to the local fellowship site. Applications are processed at the local level, and the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) provides final approval.

Physician applicants must have completed U.S. residency training and be board certified or board eligible with an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States Some programs allow physicians who are not U.S. citizens with appropriate visa/residency status to participate if no qualified U.S. citizen has applied. Professionals from fields other than medicine must be U.S. citizens.

For More Information

VA employees interested in Advanced Fellowships, should visit the OAA intranet.

Applicants may email VHACOOAAAdvancedFellowships@va.gov for more information.