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NW MIRECC Advanced Fellowship

The goal of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment is to equip physicians, psychologists, and other allied health professionals with the knowledge and expertise to lead clinical research efforts that make lasting contributions in the lives of Veterans experiencing mental health challenges. Over the course of this two-year postdoctoral program, Fellows devote 75% time to research and educational activities and 25% to clinical training. In collaboration with their mentors, Fellows develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.

Fellowship Emphases

  • Translational research: NW MIRECC fellows will learn to conduct translational research that brings basic science to clinical practice. For example, some NW MIRECC fellows learn how genetic factors are linked to clinical outcomes and how innovative research methodologies yield more clinically relevant information.
  • State-of-the-art mental health methodologies: NW MIRECC fellows will become familiar with the most recent advances in state-of-the-art methodological approaches to mental health research and practice, including genetic approaches and direct interventions with MIRECC patients.

Applicant Requirements


Psychologists and
Allied Health Professionals 
Eligible psychologists and allied health professionals must be U.S. Citizens. Psychologists must have graduated from an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Completion of an APA-accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology is also required. Allied health professionals must have graduated from an APA-accredited doctoral program.
Physician applicants must have completed Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited training, be board eligible or board certified, and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice. International medical graduates must also have a current visa and an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants on a J-1 visa must also have current ECFMG sponsorship.
Stipend Rates
Stipend Rates
$42,239 to $50,006 for the first year of the program with a stipend increase comparable to non-VA postdoctoral fellowship programs.
Stipends are calculated based on years of previously completed residency training as accredited by the ACGME and index rates approved at the respective VA facility and affiliated university. 

Fellowship Locations

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations offers the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at 26 VA sites. The Northwest MIRECC has fellowship positions at two sites. Click on the boxes below for more detailed information on programs and applications at each site.

For more information about the VA Puget Sound NW MIRECC, contact us at 206.277.5566; for more information about the Portland NW MIRECC, contact us at 503.220.3481.