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Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship (Minnesota)

Application Process

Photo of Residency Coordinator Janelle M. Hatlevig, OTR/L, BCPR, with a patient

Fellowship education coordinator, Janelle M. Hatlevig, OTR/L, BCPR, with a patient


Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits two candidates on a competitive basis each year to the Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship. The program begins in March of each year.


To be eligible to apply for the Occupational Therapy Dysphagia Fellowship, you must:

  • Have current licensure as an occupational therapist by the Minnesota Department of Health or anticipated licensure upon graduation from an accredited occupational therapy program in the application year
  • Comply with Mayo Clinic's occupational therapy general employment requirements, which may include a criminal background check and pre- and post-employment drug screening
  • Be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association

See also Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

How to apply

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received between June 15 and Sept. 15. The program begins in March of each year.

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Document
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section (if applicable)
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section (if applicable)

Additional required items

  • CV/resume.
  • A copy of your diploma from your graduate, medical, and/or dental school.
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes. If accepted to the program, official transcripts must be emailed from the institution to
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. The recommenders will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
  • Complete the essay questions and upload them to the Supplemental Items section.

Application review

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Applicants are evaluated by the committee based on these criteria:

  • Academic education and degrees obtained
  • Clinical education and mentoring experiences
  • Clinical experience specific to neurorehabilitation occupational therapy
  • Research experience
  • Community service
  • Letters of reference

Candidates with strong leadership and interpersonal skills and an interest in lifelong learning are preferred.

Interview process

Individuals considered for an appointment are invited to Rochester, Minnesota, for an in-person interview in October or November.


Candidates will receive appointment notifications by the end of November.