NP (Nurse Practitioners) / PA (Physician Assistants) Clinical Hepatology Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

The NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship provides salary and benefit support for certified and licensed Nurse Practitioners (NP) or Physician Assistants (PA) pursuing a full-year of training focused on clinical care in hepatology and is designed to:

  • Increase the number of associate practitioners in clinical hepatology.
  • Facilitate the transition (or shift in emphasis) into clinical hepatology for associate practitioners.
  • Increase access for liver disease patients to adequately trained clinicians.

Only one application per institution will be accepted for consideration.


  • Duke Internal: Oct. 4, 2019
  • Sponsor Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a fully certified and licensed nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist or advanced practice nurse on or before July 1, 2020. (no contingencies or exceptions)
  • The applicant must have no more than 18 months of experience as a midlevel provider in hepatology and/or transplant hepatology (adult and/or pediatric) as of July 1, 2020.
  • The applicant must be a member of AASLD at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period (Associate or Regular Member).
  • The applicant must be mentored during the Fellowship period by an AASLD member Clinical Hepatologist who dedicates at least 50% of his/her time to the care of patients with liver diseases.
  • Only one application per institution will be accepted for consideration.
  • The applicant’s training must occur in an environment conducive to training in hepatology and that ensures the competencies of the NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship Curriculum will be obtained. The program must include:
  • A minimum of three clinical conferences per week. (May include grand rounds or multidisciplinary conferences.)
  • Participation in a liver biopsy conference. Training may include performance and management of liver biopsy if the trainee’s licensing body, state, and institution permit this practice scope. The majority of the applicant’s time (>80%) will be focused on clinical care in hepatology.
  • Exposure to hepatology clinical research is favored however the applicant shall not assume the role of the dedicated research coordinator to ensure sound fundamental training in all areas of liver disease management.
  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US, Mexico or Canada.
  • The applicant will not hold other, similar awards during the Fellowship period.



Amount Description

An award of $78,000 will be provided for one year. Money is for salary and benefit support for the recipient. Fellowships are granted to the individual applicant not the applicant’s institution; however funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident


Medical - Clinical Science

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

1. Curriculum Vitae ( Limit five pages ) – Provide a biographical sketch including any publications, abstracts, or presentations.
2. Candidate’s Statement (Limit one page) – Statement of applicant’s career plans, including the significance of this fellowship to the applicant’s career development, how this fellowship is a shift in focus, and why the applicant wants to pursue training in clinical hepatology . The candidate statement should demonstrate commitment to the field after the fellowship.
3. Letter of Support from Primary Mentor (Limit one page) – A letter should be provided from the candidate’s mentor confirming his/her sponsorship of the applicant.  

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Internal Deadline

October 4, 2019

External Deadline

January 15, 2020