Nancy Talbot Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

In honor of Nancy Talbot MEd, OTR, FAOTA, the AOTF has established the Nancy Talbot Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in support of postdoctoral research training in occupational therapy. This one-year award will be $30,000 (with the possibility of a competitive renewal for a second year). This fellowship seeks to improve diversity of the occupational therapy workforce by supporting postdoctoral training for individuals from groups demonstrated to have low representation in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. Reports from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and others provide strong evidence that underrepresentation remains an important problem that the entire research enterprise must actively address. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives and creativity to address complex scientific problems. Accordingly, individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis will be eligible for this fellowship. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or LatinX, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be from an underrepresented group identified above
  • Have a doctorate (PhD, ScD, OTD, etc.) and be a postdoc in an OT department
  • Have an appropriate mentor
  • Have IRB approval for the research study
  • Conduct research at a US academic institution
  • Be a US citizen or have appropriate residence/visa documents

Application Instructions 

  1. Applicant biosketch  (sample biosketch)
  2. Mentor biosketch
  3. IRB approval documentation
  4. Letter of Recommendation from mentor
  5. Hi-resolution .jpg of applicant
  6. Proof of citizenship

Deadline for full application is Dec. 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST. 

Questions: Email research@aotf.org


Nancy TalbotNancy Holt Talbot MEd, OTR, FAOTA received both her baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master's degree in Education from the University of New Hampshire. After 5 years of clinical experience as a Psychiatric Occupational Therapist in VA hospitals in Massachusetts, she spent the rest of her professional career in academia. Her academic career began as an Instructor in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. She subsequently was at Tufts University and spent the remainder of her career at Boston University. At BU she rose to Full Professor and Chairman of the Occupational Therapy Department, and subsequently served as Dean of Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences until retiring in 1996. Nancy also served in a variety of elected and appointed positions in the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association and in the AOTA, including Treasurer of AOTA for five years. She served with distinction as a professional member of the AOTF Board of Directors from 2000 to 2009. During her tenure she served on the Executive and Investment Committees, as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as Secretary of the Board. She also served on other Boards including Assistive Technology in New Hampshire and Easterseals Massachusetts. She passed away in February 2018.