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Application Process


One position is available on a competitive basis each year in the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. However, if a current fellow elects to study for a second year, no fellows are admitted to the program that year.


Selection of fellows for the Medical Speech-Language Pathology Postdoctoral Fellowship is competitively based on academic and clinical background, academic success, letters of recommendations, and post-program professional goals compatible with those of this fellowship. The highest ranked applicants are generally invited for an interview, which also becomes part of the selection process.

Applicants must meet these criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. in speech-language pathology or have met all requirements for the doctoral degree prior to starting the fellowship.
  • Preferably, hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). If the applicant does not hold a CCC, they must obtain it during the first year of the fellowship.
  • Possess good English language and speech abilities (because this fellowship emphasizes patient care and communication with patients is crucial to the standard of care and because the majority of patients have English as a primary language).

Also see general admissions requirements for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

How to apply

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education does not process printed applications to this program. You must apply through Recruit, a third-party application service.

Mayo's academic year begins in July, although other start dates can be considered. You must submit a completed application form and all required documentation no later than Dec. 1 of the year preceding the program start date.

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
  2. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include these application materials
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section (if applicable)
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section (if applicable)

In addition to the standard application materials required by Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education:

  • Speech pathology applicants should submit Speech-Language Pathology PRAXIS scores. If you are currently employed, a letter from your supervisor, department head, or college dean will suffice. Letters are completed in the Recommendation Request section. The recommender will receive an email with a link to upload a letter.

Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty.

Interviews are conducted between December and February each year unless the current fellow elects to remain in the program for a second year of study.