CHEAR Fellowship

CHEAR Fellowship, 2023 Cohort

Child Health Evaluation and Research Fellowship

The Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center (CHEAR) at the University of Michigan Medical School is soliciting applications for its two-year post-doctoral research fellowship program in child population health and health services research. The goal of the fellowship is to produce graduates who will make a positive impact in child health. Currently, applications are open for fellowship slots in the 2023-2024 academic year, with flexible start dates, generally  July or September 2023. The fellowship is a two-year appointment. Competitive salary commensurate with NIH guidelines and benefits will be provided.

Fellowship Training

The fellowship program aims to train fellows to conduct impactful child-focused health services research via didactics, structured mentorship, experiential learning through conducting rigorous and ethical research, and professional socialization. Each fellow will develop an individualized learning plan in conjunction with mentors, tailored to the unique learning needs of each fellow. 


  • Weekly CHEAR seminar series, including research talks from internal and external speakers, seminars on methods used in pediatric research, skill building workshops, and fellow-led works in progress sessions.
  • In conjunction with mentors, fellows will develop an individualized learning plan to learn new qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • If desired, clinicians may pursue a Master’s degree in Health and Health Care Research, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, or another. degree-awarding program at the School of Public Health, Public Policy, or other relevant school. Funding for this degree will be provided by the fellowship.

Structured mentorship

  • Each fellow will have a primary mentor in the CHEAR Center along with a mentorship committee of 2-3 other faculty members at the University of Michigan. Fellows will meet regularly with mentors. 

Experiential learning through conducting rigorous and ethical research

  • Fellows will be expected to conduct two research projects, independently and in conjunction with mentors.
  • To conduct this research, fellows will have access to the rich data resources at the University of Michigan (, as well as to the deep expertise in these data among CHEAR faculty and other UM faculty.
  • Expected deliverables include abstracts and two first-authored, peer-reviewed articles by the end of fellowship.
  • Fellows will obtain training in the responsible conduct of research as well as application of principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all research.

Professional Socialization

  • Fellows will present several work in progress seminars to fellows and CHEAR faculty.
  • Fellows will attend national conferences such as Pediatric Academic Societies and Academy Health.
  • Fellows will gain opportunities to network through inviting internal and external faculty to speak at CHEAR Seminars.

Candidate Eligibility

The following types of physicians (MD/DO) are eligible to apply:

  • Residents: Third-year residents in pediatrics or fourth-year residents in internal medicine/pediatrics, regardless of institution.
  • Fellows: First-year pediatric subspecialty fellows at the University of Michigan Medical School or incoming fellows who have matched at UM. Typically, the CHEAR fellowship is concurrent with the research years of fellowship.
  • Faculty: Pediatric physicians who are current or incoming faculty members at the University of Michigan Medical School, regardless of whether they are on the instructional or clinical track.

Interested physicians who do not meet the above criteria should contact Veronica Williams, CHEAR Center Manager, prior to applying.

Non-physician, non-PhD clinicians
Clinicians other than physicians, including but not limited to nurses, physician assistants, and mental health practitioners, are eligible to apply if they have specific interest in conducting pediatric health services research. These applicants should contact Veronica Williams, CHEAR Center Manager, prior to applying.

PhD graduates or candidates
The following individuals are also eligible to apply:

  • Those who currently hold a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in public health, health policy, public policy, decision sciences, management science, economics, or related fields; and those who will complete such a degree by the time that the CHEAR fellowship begins.
  • PhD applicants to the UM pediatric psychology fellowship program who wish to combine their fellowship with the CHEAR fellowship.

Research Topics

CHEAR Fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects while also conducting independent research relating to pediatric health services research and/or policy evaluation with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing, and applying for grants. The Center's resources and collaborative support enable post-doctoral fellows to build their own research programs.

The following research topic areas represent high priority topics being pursued within the Center:

  • Population health informatics applied to pediatric health services research.
  • Application and development of new approaches for valuing child health (economic evaluation/cost- effectiveness analysis).
  • Pediatric end-stage organ disease and solid organ transplant.
  • Transition from pediatric to adult health care.
  • Adherence to medical regimens.
  • Disparities and equity.
  • Immunization policy, financing, or delivery.
  • Medicaid policy.
  • Quality measurement and improvement.
  • Acute care outcomes and survivorship.
  • Barriers to care.
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis and decision modeling.

Application process

Application materials include:

  • Fellowship application form.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae – please clearly define your current status with respect to residency, fellowship, or PhD.
  • A brief statement describing your background, research interest, and reasons for applying to the fellowship (1,000 words or less).
  • One writing sample (e.g., report, published or unpublished manuscript).
  • One letter of reference.

Applications received by January 10, 2023 will be prioritized as candidates will be invited to conduct a virtual or in-person interview during early 2023. However, rolling applications are accepted.

Please direct questions and application materials to the CHEAR Center Manager, Veronica Williams


With 18 core research investigators and more than 40 research staff, fellows, and students, CHEAR is one of the largest child-focused health services research centers in the country. Core research themes in the Center include data science, decision analysis, emerging technologies, quality measurement, and policy evaluation. Our work is multidisciplinary, encompassing health services research, epidemiology, health policy, general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. We collaborate with more than 10 schools and colleges across the University of Michigan (U-M) campus as well as across multiple departments within the U-M Medical School. Our research is funded by a diverse array of federal agencies (NIH, AHRQ, CDC, PCORI, HRSA), state agencies, foundations, and other philanthropic organizations. We are committed to being a policy resource, and to this end have a long history of collaboration with the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate state public health programs and initiatives. For more information, please visit the CHEAR homepage at

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