Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) ​/ INDEN Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Our next round of applications will open in July 2019! 
The purpose of this fellowship is to enhance the quality of doctoral education worldwide by:

  • -providing opportunities to nurse faculties in doctoral programs to strengthen their research skills and learn about doctoral education and mentoring in an international context
  • -laying the foundation for future international research collaboration and multi-site studies
  • -opening avenues for international exchange of scholars

What Does The Fellowship Provide?

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $1,760 (USD)/month for the 3 months of the fellowship. The stipend should be sufficient for room and board, local transportation, and purchase of health insurance available in most countries for students. The fellowship also provides a modest honorarium for mentors.


At the time of application, applicants must:
•     Hold membership in both Sigma and INDEN.
•     Be competent in the English language.

•     Be a faculty member in an institution offering nursing doctoral education.

Application and Submissions Information
​Follow this link to download the application form:  View Application Here ​Deadline
All materials listed under “Application Checklist” above must be sent to with the subject heading “2018 STTI/INDEN Fellowship Application” and received electronically in one pdf file by  July 31st 2018
. Letters from employers and senior colleagues must be sent separately to the same email address by the deadline (applicant needs to request the letters).   
Where Will The Fellows Be Placed

Fellows will be placed in research intensive environments in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, or Australia and matched with investigators in the fellow’s proposed area of research. Applicants may suggest appropriate venues and potential mentors for the consideration of the selection committee. The selection committee, composed of STTI and INDEN members, will locate appropriate settings using extensive contacts developed through the diverse membership of STTI and INDEN.

​Number Of Awards And Length Of Fellowship

​Three fellows a year will be supported; the fellowship period is three months.

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates will:

  1. Have graduated from a nursing doctoral program [or possess a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate in a related field] within the past five years.
  2. Present a preliminary research proposal in an area of nursing science that will be the basis of the work during the fellowship period, and which promises to evolve into a program of research.
  3. Present evidence that research will continue upon return to home country.
  4. Have the potential for engaging in future international collaboration.
  5. Have responsibilities for teaching/advising doctoral and post-doctoral students in the home country.
Terms Of The Award
  • Applicants must return to their home country/institution following the period of training.
  • The applicant’s employer makes a commitment to provide facilitation for the conduct of the fellow’s research upon return from the fellowship, and agrees to fund the travel of the fellow [along with any visa fees] to and from the location where the fellowship will take place.
  • The applicant’s employer commits to releasing the successful applicant within 3 – 6 months of fellowship offer.
  • The fellowship must begin no later than February, 2019.
  • The fellowship does not support travel or related expenses for accompanying adults or children.
Application Checklist

•     A completed application cover sheet [attached to this call for proposals—please see p. 3].
•     A completed, signed contract [attached to this call for proposals—please see p. 4].
•     Proposed plan for research and mentorship for the fellowship period, not to exceed 5 pages.
•     A curriculum vita not to exceed 5 pages.
•     A letter from the employer agreeing to elements under “Terms of the Award,” above.
•     A letter from a senior colleague knowledgeable about the applicant and his/her work, addressing the applicant’s potential for a research career and the applicant’s potential contribution to nursing doctoral education in his/her country.
•     Documented evidence of INDEN membership and STTI membership i
n a chapter [information on membership can be obtained from INDEN or STTI websites listed below in section “For More Information.”]

Click HERE to download the checklist

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by an international panel of nurse academics, consisting of members of both STTI and INDEN.

Start/End Of Fellowship

Once selection and placement of fellows has occurred, the exact fellowship period will be negotiated for a time
convenient to the fellow and the mentor, but must begin within 3 - 6 months of selection.

Upon Completion of the Fellowship Period
Fellows will submit a report for the INDEN Newsletter, and an article to STTI for publication and/or presentation at one of its meetings.

Previous Fellows

   Previous Fellows   

photo of titilyo dorothy odetola of INDEN

Dr. Titilayo Dorothy Odetola, Nigeria
Research Area
Increasing access to mobile health technology in Nigeria for health promotion and disease prevention  in rural communities

Dr. Lize Maree
University of Wintersrand,
South Africa

Photo of Juntao Chi of INDENDr. Juntao Chi, China

Research Area
Development of an evaluation indicator system for self-management education in patients with diabetes in China
​Dr. Hae Ra Han
Johns Hopkins University, USA