Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Alexandria, Va, have established a new, 2-year, $146,000 fellowship for PTs and PT assistants in health services research, available for the 2009-10 academic year.

The Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative in Health Services Research is intended to develop the skills needed to conduct high-quality, independent research to advance his or her capacity to examine optimal health services delivery outcomes in physical therapy, such as cost analysis of various rehabilitation interventions. The focus of the training will be on examining issues related to health care delivery, health services management, assessment of health care needs, evaluation of health markets and services, health economics, and the impact of health policies.

The organization and the sponsoring institution will jointly fund the fellowship, each providing $35,000 for a total $70,000 grant for the first year, and $38,000 each for a total $76,000 in the second year. The coordinated program is intended to help fellows build a collaborative relationship under the guidance of outstanding mentors at institutions that offer unique opportunities in health services research.

Applications are due January 27, 2009. Guidelines and the online application are available on the Foundation’s Web site, or for more information call (800) 875-1378 ext 3178.

The national, independent, nonprofit organization aims to improve the quality and delivery of patient care, and awards an estimated $450,000 annually in doctoral scholarships, fellowships, and grants for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research.