1. When is the application deadline for the next class?
The application deadline for this postdoctoral psychology fellowship program for 2023-2024 training year is 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on Nov. 26, 2023.
2. What is the mailing address for the program?
Children's Mercy Kansas City
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health
Section of Psychology
2401 Gillham Road Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 234-3674
3. How many positions are available?
Children's Mercy typically offers four Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowships each training year. Each position provides advanced-level training in a specialized area of practice. Common areas of emphasis include
Clinical Child and/or Pediatric Psychology (specific to the fellow's interests).
Clinical Child Psychology- Emphasis working with eating disorders
Pediatric Psychology- Emphasis working with gastrointestinal conditions.
A two-year 50% research/50% clinical experience with and emphasis work with youth with autism and developmental differences
A two-year 50% research/50%clinical experience (areas of emphasis often include endocrine/diabetes, pain management, or weight management).
4. How much is the fellowship stipend?
The current stipend for the 2023-24 training year is $55,523.08 (first year) and $57,744.00 (second year).
5. Are there benefits for fellows?
Postdoctoral Fellows at Children's Mercy receive a generous benefit package including free medical coverage, the opportunity to purchase additional short-term disability leave, and paid vacation. The Graduate Medical Education department provides a stipend of $1,500 for educational purposes and up to $2,250 for travel if presenting at a conference.
6. How long is the fellowship program and what are the start and end dates?
The Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are either a full, one year or two year program with a typical start date the first week of August and a completion date towards the end of July the following year.
7. Is it expensive to live in Kansas City?
Overall, living expenses in Kansas City are reasonable. Rent, the cost of owning a home, and the cost of food and fuel, all are at the national average, and lower than most other large municipalities.
8. What is the most heavily weighed factor when you consider which fellows to select?
More specialized postdoctoral fellowships may require or give preference to candidates with previous training and/or experience, as the fellowship is expected to be a more advanced extension of internship training. Outside of academic considerations (i.e. type of degree, past academic success, etc.), probably the most important criteria for selection is the demonstration of a strong desire to work with and have positive impact on the lives of children and their families. This desire should be evident in an applicant's choice of academic emphasis.