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Application Process

Speech language pathologist assists a patient in a speech test in the exam room


One fellow is accepted on a competitive basis each year. The fellowship starts in mid-October.

Admission requirements


To be eligible for the Speech Language Pathology Fellowship, you must:

  • Complete a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from an accredited graduate program prior to October 2024.
  • Possess foundational knowledge of voice, upper airway, and swallowing disorders, as well as for impairments that arise in the setting of treatment for head and neck cancer.
  • Demonstrate interest and experience in the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders through graduate clinical externships and continuing education.

It is beneficial to have additional training or experience with videofluoroscopic swallow studies, endoscopic procedures including stroboscopy, and FEES; and experience with acoustic and aerodynamic instrumentation.

The following courses are beneficial:

  • Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBS ImP)
  • Voice Vibratory Assessment of Laryngeal Imaging (VALI-R)
  • Langmore remote introductory FEES course
  • MedBridge Course on Laryngeal Function Studies

Admission policies

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

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

How to apply

Disability accommodations

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences values diversity and welcomes applicants with disabilities. If you are anticipating or experiencing disability related barriers in accessing this application, please contact Disability Compliance Advisors at

Application timeline

Application window Program start date Apply
Feb. 5-May 31 Mid-October Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission. 
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit.
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter. Letters of recommendation from professors and clinical supervisors are preferred.
  • Unofficial SLP program transcripts

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an appointment will complete a virtual interview, personal interview, or both.


Candidates selected for the fellowship will be contacted by phone, followed by an appointment letter. If you receive an appointment letter, your reply is expected within 10 days.