Parkinson’s Nurse Fellowship

The Parkinson’s Foundation is launching the first-ever Parkinson’s Nurse Fellowship program in the U.S. This fellowship is designed for experienced nurses (RN/BSN) with a minimum of five years in the field who are interested in pursuing a career in Parkinson’s disease (PD) care and research.

More than one million people live with Parkinson’s in the U.S., a number that is expected to increase in the next decade due to the aging population. The Parkinson’s Foundation recognizes the crucial role that nurses play in the care of people with Parkinson’s in all settings: from clinics to acute care and in the emergency room. Nurses are pivotal in caring for patients and ensuring they get medications on time, are supported in the transition of care and supported when symptoms emerge that can cause challenges in optimal treatment, such as swallowing problems, depression, fatigue and psychosis.

Nurses are innovators in care. It’s one of the reasons the Parkinson’s Foundation is coupling this fellowship with a research component to help prepare Parkinson’s Foundation Parkinson Nurse Fellows to not only offer the best possible care, but also feel confident about entering the research space and understanding the contributions they can make as nurses in the world of PD research.

Program Overview

The award provides two Parkinson’s Centers of Excellence with the funds to support the yearlong training of two Parkinson’s Nurse Fellows at each center. The Parkinson’s Foundation will promote this Fellowship opportunity nationally. The host sites, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR and Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis, MN will be responsible for working with the Parkinson’s Foundation in the national search to select the two fellows for each site, four fellows in total.

Level of Support for Fellows

The award provides support for up to $95,000 in salary, fringe benefits, malpractice insurance, research allowance and travel for each fellow.

Parkinson’s Foundation research has found that fellows are more successful in their work when they have a cohort. This is why the Foundation will award two fellowships to each institution versus four separate institutions.


Applicants should have approximately five years of experience and should plan to work in the U.S. after their fellowship. The Parkinson’s Foundation will not support relocation costs.

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Special Note on Licensure
Oregon Licensure:
Fellows who are selected will need an Oregon nursing license in order to begin fellowship orientation on July 1, 2021. It is an online process with important steps: application, background check, official transcripts, licensure proof (original and current). Details: There is a tutorial about the online application. If all documentation is provided quickly, it shouldn’t take long but will require a $204 payment to be covered by the Fellow.

Minnesota Licensure: Minnesota is not a member of the nurse license compact, but does have border state recognition ( That means that if a nurse resides in, and holds a license in, one of the bordering states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Wisconsin), the candidate can practice in Minnesota without a Minnesota license. There are some requirements. The nurse can't have disciplinary sanctions on the license in the bordering state. The nurse can't work for a temp agency, school, or other non-healthcare agency without a Minnesota license.

Licensure by Endorsement in MN If you have been licensed in another U.S. state or territory by examination, you must obtain a Minnesota license through the process of licensure by endorsement. You can download the forms at the bottom of the website page: by clicking on the title of the form.


October 2020

Application opens to nurses nationwide

November - December 2020

Applications reviewed by Parkinson’s Foundation and host site

December 2020

Nurse Fellow Recipients contacted with final decision

January 2021

Nurse Fellows recipients announced nationally  

July 1, 2021

Fellowship begins

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