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Post-doctoral Education Fellowship

This two-year fellowship is designed to help PhD/EdD-prepared professionals develop expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating educational programs in healthcare. The program is sponsored by the Center for Educational Resources in the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute.

Who Should Apply

Qualified applicants must have: 

  • Terminal degree in the educational, social or behavioral sciences 
  • Exposure to relevant theoretical frameworks within education

We will consider recent graduates and those meeting PhD/EdD candidacy requirements (completed all coursework and passed qualifying exam). Preference will be given to applicants who have completed their dissertation or who plan to pursue dissertation research at Cleveland Clinic.

Benefits of Being a Post-doctoral Fellow

Fellows have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and apply educational concepts to healthcare settings.
  • Conduct scholarly reviews of the literature.
  • Plan and implement projects within the Education Institute in collaboration with Education Institute faculty/professional staff.
  • Participate in education conferences at Cleveland Clinic.
  • Design and implement one major project of mutual interest to the Education Institute and fellow.
  • Prepare a manuscript of a major project suitable for publication in a high-impact, peer-reviewed journal.

Personal and Professional Attributes of a Successful Fellow

  • Demonstrates compassion, integrity and ethical practices in all personal/professional interactions and research activities at Cleveland Clinic

  • Assumes responsibility for own learning and actively contributes to the learning of others

  • Uses effective written and oral communication with others in different settings (research meetings, personal interactions, etc.)

  • Meets professional obligations (see below description of educational activities and requirements) in a reliable and timely manner

  • Follows all institutional and departmental policies for employment:

    • Fulfills all trainee policies outlined in the Graduate Medical handbook (annual TB screening, etc.)

    • Physically reports to Cleveland Clinic main campus to fulfill 40-hour work week (basis of salary and benefits)

    • Obtains advance approval from the program director for all planned absences (vacation, conferences, etc.), and completes documentation before planned absences or immediately after unexpected absences (sickness, etc.) using GME’s “Trainee Application for Time Away” form

    • Meets weekly with program director

What a Post-doctoral Fellow Can Expect

  • Gain familiarity with the language, culture and teaching/learning practices of education in healthcare settings

  • Assist with the following, depending upon personal interest, professional development or institutional priorities:
    • Educational activities
    • Curriculum design
    • Faculty development
    • Program evaluation activities
    • Research projects

  • Complete a minimum of four educational rotation opportunities

View these rotation opportunity examples. Rotations can be tailored to the fellow's individual needs and skills, along with their desire for a new learning opportunity:

Performance Requirements

  • Prepares for and participates in scheduled learning activities/experiences throughout fellowship.

  • Successfully completes approved educational rotations (four rotations for two-year fellowships)

  • Completes an educational research project that is based on a formal proposal (four to six pages) summarizing a required research project that can be completed within two years. The proposal should include a summary of pertinent literature, focused research questions/hypotheses, clearly described methods, project timeline, proposed budget and references. An oversight committee must approve the project proposal before the project is implemented during the fellowship

  • Presents project report to Education Governing Group and as an Education Institute grand rounds

  • Submits a formal report describing outcomes/results of the required education research project that is suitable for publication in a high-impact peer-reviewed journal


Past Fellowship Work Products

View past post-doctoral fellow peer-reviewed work products.

Salary & Benefits

The salary is competitive ($50-65K) and depends on the experience, qualifications and doctoral status of the individual. The position includes a comprehensive benefit package.

How to Apply

Application review: January through May 2018
Interviews: May through June 2018
Position becomes available: July/August 2018

Please prepare a personal statement that addresses how your abilities and interests would contribute to the Education Institute’s mission and how the education fellowship aligns with your career goals. We will request additional materials (e.g., letters of reference, other supporting documents) after initial contact. Send your curriculum vitae and personal statement to:



Beth Bierer, PhD, at  
Beth Bierer, PhD, Program Director
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
9500 Euclid Avenue NA25
Cleveland, OH 44195

We will review applications as they are received until the position is filled. The fellowship will begin at a mutually agreeable time.



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