All Physical Therapy grant and fellowship applications are subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Applications are critiqued on scientific merit and relevance to NBDF research priorities. Applications are reviewed and scored in terms of significance, approach, innovation, investigator, and environment. Each application is reviewed by a confidential committee of peers using a standardized rubric.  Their recommendations are forwarded to NBDF’s Research Department for final determination and approval.

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The objectives of the Physical Therapy Fellowship are to improve the delivery of physical therapy care and expand the knowledge base specific to bleeding disorders.

It is expected that the fellowship will provide support for a physical therapist currently employed or interested in hemophilia care to conduct physical therapy research or clinical projects related to the care of patients with bleeding disorders. Affiliation with a federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Center is required. 

Current topics of interest may include but are not limited to the following: development of clinical pathways, physical therapy protocols, physical therapy utilization, measurable outcome studies, rehabilitation programs, use of modalities and other interventions commonly used by physical therapists in the treatment of patients with bleeding disorders.


Announcements for PT Fellowship funding opportunities will be made FEBRUARY 2024



NBDF awards one new research fellowship per year of up to $15,000. Awards are made for one calendar year or 18 months.


A letter of intent should be submitted to NBDF. This should be a brief letter identifying the applying researcher and organization and the intended area of research.


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Multidisciplinary applications are welcomed. If a multidisciplinary project is sought, you are encouraged to indicate in the letter of intent and in the application how the project would proceed if only one Fellowship is awarded.


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Watch this video to learn the work of Physical Therapy Excellence Fellows who received the award and to understand the Peer Review Process for the Physical Therapy Excellence Fellowship.