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Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Award Amount: $78,000
Award Term: One year
Award Type: Clinical training fellowship
Career Level: Advanced Practice Providers
Download the application [PDF].

Applications for the 2019 cycle for this award are no longer being accepted.


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.


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  • 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, 2020. (no contingencies or exceptions)
  • The applicant must have no more than 18 months of experience as a midlevel provider in hepatology and/or transplant hepatology (adult and/or pediatric) as of July 1, 2020.
  • The applicant must be a member of AASLD at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period (Associate or Regular Member).
  • The applicant must be mentored during the Fellowship period by an AASLD member Clinical Hepatologist who dedicates at least 50% of his/her time to the care of patients with liver diseases.
  • Only one application per institution will be accepted for consideration.
  • 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 the 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 awards during the Fellowship period.

Fellowship Details

Fellowship Period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

An award of $78,000 will be provided for one year. Money is for salary and benefit support for the recipient. Fellowships are granted to the individual applicant not the applicant’s institution; however funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution.

The Liver Meeting®

The recipient’s travel-related expenses incurred to attend The Liver Meeting® will be reimbursed up to $1,000 and according to guidelines provided prior to the meeting.

Journal Subscriptions

The award will include complimentary subscriptions to HEPATOLOGY and Liver Transplantation for the duration of the Fellowship period.


Recipient and their mentor must provide quarterly reports documenting progress. The reports should contain patient log sheets summarizing case load, detailed conference and reading logs, evaluation forms, and a narrative description of what the recipient is doing differently than in the previous quarter as well as prior to the Fellowship. A final report must be filed by the recipient and the mentor summarizing activities related to this Fellowship. A financial report from the institution must be provided at the end of the Fellowship period. The recipient’s institution will be notified of reports that are not received.

Selection Criteria

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
  • 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 the submission deadline, page limitations and required signatures) will not be reviewed. All decisions are final.

Submission Instructions

The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm ET, January 15, 2020.

Applications will be accepted online starting on September 1, 2019. 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.

The completed application and required documentation must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2020 NPPA – Last name, first name (Example: 2020 NPPA – Smith, John)