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The divisions of Public Health Sciences and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine are seeking applications for a PhD & MD Postdoctoral Fellowship in prevention and health outcomes research training in women’s health with a focus on female lower urinary tract disorders. 

PhD (or other doctoral degree) applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Epidemiology, Public Health and Policy, Maternal Health, and many others related to population health research, as well as MD applicants from ACGME-approved residency training programs in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology, are encouraged to apply.


  • Women’s health is impacted by a number of important, but often overlooked, clinical conditions.
  • Among these are lower urinary tract disorders, including childbirth-related injuries and conditions, urinary incontinence, bladder pain, and recurrent urinary tract infections.
  • Although these conditions are common and costly, research on female lower urinary tract disorder outcomes (including treatment/management effectiveness, cost, healthcare utilization, impact on quality of life, health disparities, prevention, and dissemination and implementation) lags far behind other medical conditions.
  • The goal of this T32 program is to train both PhD and MD postdoctoral fellows to conduct high-quality prevention and health outcomes research in this emerging field.
  • Training will be accomplished through an immersive, yet flexible, program designed to provide fellows with the research methodology, content knowledge, and track record of productivity to succeed in this field.

Included in the training program

  • Didactic training in prevention and health outcomes research methodology (through a Master’s degree or coursework, as appropriate) and the full range of female lower urinary tract disorders;
  • Individualized mentorship by a dedicated mentoring team (one research methods mentor and one clinical mentor);
  • Access to patients and data from local and national leading studies to create a research program on topics of fellows’ choosing;
  • A multi-faceted career development program, including lectures and small group activities focused on pertinent career development topics;

Washington University offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Support is available for up to 3 years of training and includes:

  • Tuition, books, and software
  • Research-related costs
  • Conference travel


  • PhD (or other doctoral degree) applicants: Completed a doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to population health research, including but not limited to Epidemiology, Public Health and Policy, Maternal Health, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Computational and Data Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology


  • MD applicants: Completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology at an ACGME-accredited program.

All applicants must have:

  • An interest in studying female lower urinary tract disorders. Previous experience in female lower urinary tract research is or not necessary for PhD (or other doctoral fegree) applicants.
  • Applicants are limited to United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card.


For inquiries, please contact the Training Directors:

Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD

Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc


Julie Emmerich
Ob/Gyn Basic Research Program Coordinator

How to Apply

Click below on the “Apply Now” button. Interested MD applicants should plan to apply to both the FPMRS Fellowship and the T32 Fellowship.

There are no current T32 scholarship positions available.

The Divisions of Public Health Sciences and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Both divisions conduct world-leading research, education, and clinical care. We also have a strong mentoring and career development program with a track record of successfully placing trainees in academic faculty positions.

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