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Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence


CGNE Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity with the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing seeks applicants for the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence’s (CGNE) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

At CGNE, we believe every older adult deserves the highest quality of evidence-based care that respects individual goals and preferences. Our center is part of the Nese College of Nursing, one of the largest educators of pre-licensure students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students on 13 campuses. Together, we are positioned to lead the next generation of nurses and nurse scientists while enhancing the health of all people through quality care and education.

Preference for the CGNE Postdoctoral Fellowship will be given to applicants with research interests related to topics of aging including age-friendly care, care of persons living with dementia, well-being and efficacy of care partners, cognitive impairment, delirium, stigma related to aging and dementia, workforce preparation and support, and person-centered care, as well as other aging-related topics aligned with the CGNE mission and research portfolios of faculty in the center.

Successful fellowship candidates will be paired with faculty mentors based on a shared area of focus and interest. Fellows will work directly on research projects of CGNE-affiliated faculty, pursue independent research activities in line with their developing program of research, and engage in professional development opportunities across Penn State. All fellows are funded for two years contingent on progress in achieving first-year goals.

For more information about CGNE, please visit where you will find information about our vision, mission, and faculty, as well as links to our annual report. 

  • PhD prepared nurses (or related field) within two years of degree completion preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship in aging, geriatrics and/or gerontology.
  • Applicant’s area of interest must be aligned with at least one CGNE faculty mentor. (
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity including research-based publications and excellent dissemination skills (oral and written). 
  • Candidates for this position should demonstrate strong motivation to develop an independent research career.
  • Fellowships open to eligible U.S. citizens and international applicants. Applicants from groups underrepresented in the nursing profession are encouraged to apply.

Please submit the following materials in a single PDF document:

Required Materials:

  • Current CV with contact information included.
  • A letter of interest which includes: area of focus/research and ideas for a potential Nese CON mentor/s

Additional Materials:

  • Cover Letter and Table of Contents
  • One-two page research statement including goals for program of research over the next 5 years.
  • Copy of one published article.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One of these letters must be from the identified primary mentor at Penn State and include justification for the proposed fellowship. All letters should be sent via email directly from the recommender (not from the applicant) and should speak to the applicant’s scholarly abilities, areas for growth and future potential.

Questions related to the postdoctoral fellowship opportunity should be directed to

Donna Marie Fick, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Elouise Ross Eberly Endowed Professor  

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Director, Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Questions related to logistics of application procedures should be emailed to

Janice Whitaker, M.Ed., B.S.N., RN, CDP

CGNE Administrator and Community Liaison

Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

The completed application package for the CGNE Post-doctoral Fellowship should be submitted via the Careers Page in Workday on the Penn State website. The search committee will receive all applications and candidates will be notified if they are selected for an interview.  


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