NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship

Application Deadline
Award Amount
Award Term
One year
Award Type
Clinical Training
Career Level
Advanced Practice Provider

View the application [PDF]. The application deadline for this award was January 15, 2021.


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.

Curriculum Guidelines


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In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines.

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, 2021.
  • The applicant must have no more than 18 months of experience as an NP, PA, CPN, APN in hepatology and/or transplant hepatology (adult and/or pediatric) as of July 1, 2021.
  • Be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
  • The applicant must be mentored during the fellowship period by an AASLD member clinical hepatology who dedicates at least 50% of her/his time to the care of patients with liver diseases.
  • 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 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 fellowships during the fellowship period (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022).

Fellowship Period: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

  • Awards of $78,000 will be provided over one (1) year.
  • Funds may only be used for direct salary and benefit support for the fellow.
  • Fellowships are granted to the individual applicant; not the applicant’s institution. However, funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution.
  • The fellowship will include complimentary subscriptions to HEPATOLOGY and Liver Transplantation for the duration of the Fellowship period.
  • Fellowships cannot be transferred to another institution and recipients cannot change their mentor without prior written approval from AASLD Foundation (AASLDF).
  • Up to $400 of Fellowship funds paid to the institution can be used for the purchase of texts for the Fellow, subject to institution approval and policy.

Funding notifications for the 2021 awards cycle will be sent no later than May 1, 2021.

Candidates will be evaluated based upon their background and their commitment to a career in adult or pediatric clinical hepatology. Specifically, candidates will be reviewed based on:

  • Professional potential of the applicant
  • Evidence of personal commitment to a career in clinical Hepatology after the fellowship
  • Experience, productivity, and commitment of the faculty mentor(s)
  • Clinical environment
  • Quality of proposed clinical program

Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions (including submission deadline, page limitations, and required signatures) will not be reviewed. All decisions are final.

The application deadline for this award was January 15, 2021.

Applications will be accepted online starting on August 19, 2020. You will be sent an email confirmation that the PDF was received. If an email confirmation is not received in 2 business days, contact to confirm receipt.

To prepare your application:

  1. Download the application [PDF].
  2. Use the forms provided as cover pages. Type or print responses.
  3. Put your name (last name, first name) and the name of the fellowship in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  4. Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  5. Assemble the application package in the order listed in the Required Documents section.
  6. Be sure to adhere to page limits. Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed.
  7. The completed application and required documentation must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2021 NPPA – Last name, first name (Example: 2021 NPPA – Smith, John)