AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship

The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship is a collaborative PA education and workforce research capacity building program. The goals of the Fellowship are three-fold: develop a cadre of PAs skilled in PA education and workforce research, encourage utilization of PAEA and AAPA data to generate research of interest to the PA profession and community of PA scholars, and provide future research mentors for newer faculty to sustain the PA workforce and education research pipeline.

Applications for the 2023-2024 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship closed on June 4. The submission cycle for 2024-2025 will open in April, 2024.




The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship seeks to build the research capacity of PAs and PA faculty and develop leaders to represent, advance, and elevate PAs in health professions research.

The Fellowship seeks to:

  1. Fund-protected time to allow fellows to conduct research and expand their research agendas.
  2. Broaden the fellows’ knowledge of the medical research community and data sources and build their professional networks with prominent medical research organizations.
  3. Build a strong cohort of research leaders who mentor future PA researchers and become PA research experts who advance the profession.

For more information about eligibility, applicant evaluation criteria, and application requirements, please download the 2023-2024 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship Submission Guidelines.

If you would like to read about the experiences of Bettie Coplan, PhD, MPAS, PA-C during her Fellowship application and read her tips, she was featured in a PAEA article.

If you have questions about the process or the Fellowship itself, we are happy to help! Just send us an email and allow 2 business days for us to respond.

Description of the Fellowship

Description of the Fellowship

PAEA and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), offer up to three one-year research fellowships annually. PAs must be involved in research if the profession is to demonstrate their role in the healthcare environment. In addition, PA faculty face the pressure to publish original research, while educating students and practicing clinically. This program provides a substantial investment to strengthen the research skills and productivity of qualified PAs to conduct high-quality, publishable research.

The Fellowship will provide PAs with

  • Funding for protected time to allow Fellows to conduct research and expand their research agendas;
  • Broaden Fellows’ knowledge of the medical research community, data sources, and build their professional networks with prominent medical research organizations; and
  • Developmental support to join a strong cohort of research leaders who mentor future PA researchers and become PA research experts who advance the profession.

The AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship provides financial support for PAs with a strong interest in research about the PA profession and PA education. A grant covering 20 percent of the recipient’s base salary up to $30,000 will be allocated to the fellow’s institution to permit a 20 percent time release from teaching and other activities to allow them to focus on scholarly activities of interest to the PA profession and PA education. There is no allowance for institutional indirect costs.

The Fellowship will include a two-to-four-day seminar at the PAEA offices in Washington, DC, and a two-to-three-day seminar at the AAPA offices in Alexandria, Virginia. Fellows will participate in exclusive Fellowship sessions and earn more than 40 hours of CME. Travel expenses for fellowship events will be covered in full, however, the COVID-19 pandemic may alter these plans and require virtual components.

Fellows are expected to use the release time to develop their research skills by completing and providing to AAPA and PAEA a research project under the guidance of a mentor, engaging in educational activities, and broadening their knowledge of PA education and the PA profession. By the conclusion of the Fellowship, fellows should have completed their research and have their findings prepared for publication and presentation.


Work Requirements for Fellows

The fellowship will run from November 1 through October 31 for each Fellowship year.

  • Commitment to scholarly activity for the equivalent of one day per week (.2 FTE)
  • Completion of a research project including publication in or submission to a peer-reviewed journal or other project approved by PAEA and AAPA within one year of fellowship completion
  • Interim reports providing updates on project progress and obstacles due to the funder at six and 12 months of the fellowship
  • Attendance at the PAEA Education Forum (kick off), AAPA Conference, and PAEA Education Forum (closing presentation)
  • Attendance at webinar seminars
  • Attendance at regular check-in meetings with the funder regarding project progress
  • One to two in-person meetings in the Washington, DC, area
Upcoming and Past Fellowship Events

Upcoming and Past Fellowship Events

Upcoming Fellowship Events

2023 Summer Seminar Series

Thank you to the PAs, Fellows and guests who attended the Research Fellowship Summer Seminar Series at the PAEA headquarters in DC from June 12-14. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.

Past Events

2022 AAPA-PAEA Research Seminar Series

AAPA and PAEA are inviting all PAs and PA students to participate in the 2022 AAPA-PAEA Research Seminar Series. Join the AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows each month to learn about resources that strengthen your research and improve your knowledge about the communities you work in. Topics include learning about secondary data, grant writing, publications, and more! Webinar sessions are free and include up to 15.5 CME credits. Learn more about the sessions today!

Learn to Leverage CASPA Data to Advance Your PA Program and PA Research

Friday, September 24, 2021, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

PAEAs Research and Admissions Teams will delve into the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). This webinar will discuss the history of CASPA, its benefits to PA school applicants and PA programs, as well as highlight the utility of the data and its limitations in terms of PA programs and researchers.

2021 Summer Seminar Series

Thank you to the PAs, Fellows and guests who attended the Research Fellowship Summer Seminar Series. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.


Important Dates for 2023-2024

  • Applications close – June 4, 2023
  • Hold interviews – June 26-June 30, 2023
  • Send offer letters – week of July 10, 2023
  • PAEA 2023– October 11-14, 2023 (New Orleans, LA)
  • Winter Seminars Series – January 2024 (TBD)
  • AAPA 2024 – May 18-22, 2024 (Houston, TX)
  • Summer Seminar Series – June 2024 (Washington, DC)
  • PAEA 2024 – Late October 2024 (TBD)
Meet the Research Fellows

Meet the Research Fellows

Meet the 2022-2023 Fellows

Congratulations to Bethany Grubb, MPAS, MPH, PA-C and Chris Roman, DMS, PA-C on their acceptance into the 2022-2023 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship.

Bethany Grubb, MPAS, MPH, PA-C

Competencies, Styles, and Strategies of PA Leadership in Healthcare Executive, Clinical, and Academic Roles

Professor Grubb is seeking to develop PA students and practitioners by expanding health care executive, clinical, and academic leadership roles at the local, state, and federal levels. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership and Change and was motivated by her doctoral work to study PA leadership in her project. In the competitive medical landscape in which PAs provide care and educate students, their involvement in decision-making roles is critical.

She and her team plan to conduct a study identifying quantitative and qualitative measures to characterize leadership within the PA profession, including the most common styles, strategies, and key factors affecting PAs in leadership in healthcare executive, clinical, and academic roles. The goal is to provide a more comprehensive understanding of PA leaders in all sectors to promote future leadership development.

Chris Roman, DMS, PA-C

PA Access to Provider Health Programs and Safe Haven Non-Reporting

Dr. Roman is seeking to support PA and PA student mental health and address concerns about licensure and stigma within and outside the profession. He is investigating the availability of information about provider health programs (PHPs) to support PAs experiencing impairment due to substance use or a physical or mental health issue. Although these programs exist, information is not readily available through state licensing agencies or constituent groups, and this lack of information is a significant barrier to PAs getting the help they need.

This project will also look at the availability of safe haven non-reporting, which allows clinicians to get help without involving the licensing board, as long as patient harm has not resulted from the impairment. Having this outlet is not only important to practicing PAs, but also to students as they assimilate into the profession. Lack of support can influence help-seeking behaviors of both students and practicing PAs. Sharing these resources is one step towards decreasing that stigma and providing genuine support.


All Research Fellows

Find out more about the Fellows and their Fellowship-Related publications.

2022-2023 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Bethany Grubb, MPAS, MPH, PA-C
  • Chris Roman, DMS, PA-C

2021-2022 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Alice Eggleston, MPH, PA-C
  • Yolanda Freeman-Hildreth, PhD, PA-C, of the University of Detroit-Mercy
  • Nick Hudak, MPA, MSEd, PA-C, of Duke University

2020-2021 PAEA Research Fellows

  • Adrian Banning, DHSc, MMS, PA-C of Drexel University
  • Stephanie Neary, MPA, MMS, PA-C of Yale School of Medicine PA Online Program

2019-2020 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Kari Bernard, MS, PA-C, of MEDEX Northwest
  • Vanessa Bester, EdD, PA-C, of Augsburg University

2018-2019 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Bettie Coplan, MPAS, PA-C, of Northern Arizona University
  • Morgan Nowak, MS, PA-C, of Shenandoah University
  • Ryan White, MS, MPH, PA-C, of Rutgers University

2017-2018 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows

  • Christy Hanson, MPAS, PA-C, of Bethel University
  • Virginia Valentin, DrPH, PA-C, of University of Utah
  • Alicia Quella, PhD, PA-C, of Augsburg University