WHEA Fellowship in Educational Scholarship


The WHEA Fellowship in Educational Scholarship is an 18-month program for health science educators who want to develop skills in educational research and scholarship. This longitudinal certificate program is for all health professions educators consisting of expert-led workshops to develop educational research skills coupled with a mentored scholarly project to be conducted in the participants’ authentic education settings. The Fellowship includes targeted research skills development in workshop sessions facilitated by national experts and a hands-on educational research project to support fellows’ application of these skills. Upon completion, fellows will receive a Medical Education Research Certificate from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Fellowship Objectives:

After completing this WHEA Fellowship, participants will be able to:

  • Use strong research skills to develop and implement research studies in their educational area of interest
  • Analyze outcomes of educational activities and submit them to local, regional, and/or national meetings for presentation and/or publication
  • Position themselves to become education leaders and experts in their areas of interest
  • Interact across schools and sites to serve as the foundation for the continued development of interprofessional educational expertise in the health sciences at Emory


Participants will be early to mid-career educators from any of the Emory health sciences schools, centers, programs, or practice sites who are dedicated to and passionate about educating students, trainees, faculty, or others, and who would like to enhance their education scholarship skills. At least two years of educational experience preferred; support of administrative unit required.

Important Dates:

  • Live chat information session on February 2, 2022, 5:00-6:00 pm, online via Zoom at https://emory.zoom.us/j/8502179161
  • Applications deadline extended to March 7, 2022
  • Participants notified March 21, 2022
  • Workshops and sessions: Wednesdays 1-5pm, 2021: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 and May 17
  • Project group meetings: Monthly June 2023 - February 2024, time TBD
  • Graduation: March 2024 

Workshops will be facilitated by national experts provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges; project groups will be mentored by local educational experts.


Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend all nine scheduled workshops and group sessions
  • Attend at least 80% of monthly project group meetings
  • Attend works-in-progress event – date TBA
  • Develop and implement a scholarly project


No cost to particpate.


Frequently Asked Questions


What topics will be covered?

  • Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies
  • Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature
  • Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Data Collection Methods
  • Questionnaire Design and Survey Research
  • Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity

Application Process

A complete application includes:

  • Online application form
  • Applicant’s CV
  • A personal statement that addresses the following:
    • Your goals and expectations for this fellowship
    • Your current or past experiences with educational scholarship, if any, and any information that demonstrates your ability to complete a longitudinal project
    • Your current education role in your school, department, program, or unit
    • Type of project you would like to pursue - this does not need to be a fully formed project, rather an idea of an area of interest and/or a question you would like to pursue
    • Please include information about your current role, if any, in that educational program and the feasibility of conducting a study in that area. We are particularly interested in accepting applicants who are most likely to be successful in completing a projects.
  • WHEA Fellowship in Educational Scholarship Application Letter of Support: The applicant's Dean, Chair, Division Chief or direct supervisor will be required to supply a letter of support that addresses the ability of the applicant to be successful in developing, implementing, and disseminating an educational research project. The writer must also agree to support the participant by allowing adequate time to meet the fellowship obligations. Please obtain your letter of support and submit with your online application.
  • Click here to complete an application.
Address questions to WHEA@emory.edu


Who is eligible to apply? Do you have to be faculty?

The fellowship is open to any member of the Emory Health Sciences community who has an educational role. This would include, but is not limited to, teaching learners (e.g., trainees, patients, colleagues, or instructors/faculty), supervising learners at any level, running any size educational unit, facilitating learning experiences, or advising and mentoring learners. Participants can be educators from the School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, School of Medicine (including Academic Health programs), Winship Cancer Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Laney Graduate School (if their learners are in the health sciences), or educators in the Emory Healthcare system. All Emory Healthcare sites are included, as well as affiliated institutions such as the VA, CHOA, and Grady.

What is the time commitment and what is the location of the workshop sessions?

Participants must commit to attending all nine (9) workshops, and project mentoring meetings held once monthly from November 2021 – July 2022, time TBD. Workshop sessions will be from 1-5pm. Exact dates are listed on the fellowship website. Workshops will be held in a learning space at Executive Park, near I-85 and North Druid Hills Road. Parking there is free. Applicants who know in advance that they will miss a session should note this in their personal statement on the online application.

How developed does the project idea have to be on the application?

The project idea does not have to be fully developed in the application. A few sentences about who you teach/supervise/mentor and what you either would like to evaluate about what you currently do or what you want to change/develop and study, will suffice. Knowing the applicants ideas will help us frame the kick-off event and assign mentors. Having an idea to start with will help fellows get the most out of the sessions. We expect project ideas to be fully developed by the end of the six workshops, with an IRB proposal ready to submit by that time (we assume most projects will require some form of IRB approval). We expect that some participants will change projects after the fellowship begins as they think through their original ideas.

What are some examples of projects?

All projects start with something (e.g., teaching, assessment, curriculum, supervision, mentoring) in the investigator’s educational environment that the investigator wants to study. Choose something important to you. There is a wide range of project types, from doing a systematic or scoping review on an important educational topic (e.g., what are key features of faculty development initiatives designed to promote educational research skills development & educational scholarship in medical education?), needs assessments (e.g., how do health professions students at Emory view their current interprofessional education opportunities?), retrospective data analyses (e.g., have residents incorporated new practice guidelines into their care of continuity clinic patients over the past 2 years?), validation studies (e.g., establishing the reliability and validity of a new tool to assess medical student oral case presentations), educational intervention studies (e.g., does instituting a day long workshop on communication skills improve medical students’ ability to counsel patients on lifestyle changes?).


For examples of the types of projects that previous fellows, please see project titles under 2018 WHEA Fellows in Educational Scholarship

Is it possible to have group projects?

Yes, if two or more people want to do a project together and apply as a group, each group member should complete an application but note the group project and members in the description of project section.

On the application, what is meant by "educational scholarship"??

Educational scholarship would include any previous studies of educational interventions, presentations on educational topics, participation in courses/sessions on education in health sciences.

Will there be continuing education credit for this?

Yes, there will be CME and CNE credit for the workshop sessions.

What counts as 2 years of educational experience?

This would include any teaching, mentoring, advising, curriculum development, program oversight, or other activities related to education in your field.