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Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Adult nurse fellows join the entire Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship cohort for a robust academic curriculum which includes: classroom lectures by expert interprofessional clinicians, completion of a quality improvement projects, teaching experience for small group clinician education, and preparing Palliative Care Grand Rounds podium lecture. Mentoring by nurse preceptors and interprofessional faculty enhance the fellow's integration of concepts into specialty nursing practice.

There are two adult Nurse Practitioner fellowships, one at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (DFCI/BWH) and one at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  


Our interprofessional fellowship model is unique among post graduate training programs in palliative care.  The fellowship cohort includes nurse practitioners, physicians, and a pharmacist. Fellowship training includes site-specific clinical supervision on the Palliative Care Service and clinical electives offsite to train clinicians to care of individuals with serious illness in the domains of pain and symptom management, psycho-social issues, advance care planning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and various delivery models in palliative care and hospice. 

Application Requirements

Application Materials:

Job Qualifications:

  • Masters or Doctorate in Nursing from an accredited program by January 2024​

  • Board-certified or board-eligible by January 31, 2024

    • Adult NP Fellowships: Board certification in Adult/Geriatric Primary Care, Adult Acute Care or Family Nurse Practitioner.

  • Licensure as a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts is required before the start of the fellowship (July 1, 2024).

  • Prescriptive authority for controlled substances in MA with DEA registration is required before the start of the fellowship.

  • Prior experience as Nurse Practitioner preferred.


  • Fulfillment of all requirements including didactics curriculum and scholarly assignments of the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship.

  • Comply with all job requirements of Nurse Practitioner at assigned institution.

Each nurse practitioner fellowship application requires the following:

  • Complete online Human Resources application for the fellowship(s) of your choice (including resume or curriculum vitae).

  • Email the following materials to the appropriate fellowship director:

    • Unofficial transcript from graduate program.

    • Personal statement describing your interest in palliative nursing; learning objectives for the fellowship year; and goals for advancing palliative care in the nursing field (500-word limit).

  • Request that 3 references send letters directly to the appropriate fellowship director(s):

    • Reference letters should attest to your interest, experience, and potential in palliative care specialty practice and include:

      • At least one clinical reference

      • At least one academic reference

DFCI/BWH Adult Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

November 1, 2023

February 15, 2024

Early March 2024

Late March 2024

July 1, 2024

June 30, 2025

Application period opens

Application period closes

Applicants invited to interview

Fellow selection announced

Fellowship year begins

Fellowship year ends

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit your CV/Resume, personal statement, unofficial transcript from graduate program and 3 references to: 
    Dr. Vanessa Battista, DNP, CPNP, Director, DFCI/BWH Adult Fellowship
    c/o Amanda Bryant at:

MGH Adult Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

December 1, 2024

February 23, 2024

February and March

March 6th (tentative)

March 31st



Application period opens

Application period closes

Applicants invited to interview

Interview day for invited applicants

Fellow selection announced

Fellowship year begins

Fellowship year ends

Application Instructions:

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