Fuld Palliative Care Fellows

The Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship program is an innovative palliative care program at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Emory Palliative Care Center established by the Helene Fuld Health Trust.

The program aims to develop nurse leaders who can make an impact in palliative care, an area of health care that is rapidly growing as more Americans are facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

This Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship Program will prepare nursing students to work collaboratively with physicians, social workers, physical therapists, and chaplains to provide specialized holistic palliative care, which is a unique care model that provides patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress often associated with serious illnesses, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

This fellowship program will provide program support and scholarships to select students each year to become immersed in palliative care clinical initiatives, research, and policy development by working with the Emory Palliative Care Center, an organization that provides team-based palliative care to nearly 5,000 adult and pediatric patients each year.

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Fuld Fellowship Program in Palliative Care

The Fuld Fellowship Program in Palliative Care was established in 2015 with generous gifts from the Fuld Trust. The goal of this program is to prepare nursing students to be leaders in improving quality of life for people with serious illnesses and their families by focused palliative care education, interdisciplinary practice, and research activities in their nursing curriculum. The program is led by co-directors, Shella Chawda, NP, and Debbie Gunter, FNP-BC, ACHPN, who are dedicated to nursing excellence in palliative care education and practice.

Fellowship Requirements


  • Must be an Accelerated MN Pathway to MSN student who has demonstrated a special commitment to scholarship, leadership and social responsibility as a component of professional nursing practice
  • Available to students who can reasonably return to school with only financial support from the Fellowship program
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 of above (the average GPA of previous recipients is a 3.71)


Recipients of the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship are expected to:

  • Spend additional time on Fuld Fellowship interdisciplinary seminars and activities
  • MUST have definitive plans to work in a palliative care environment
  • Remain committed to leadership activities related to palliative care
  • Share their experiences with others in the School
  • Complete a MSN degree at Emory University
  • Demonstrate to the profession and the broader public a fine example of nursing leadership and engagement in palliative care
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Applications are not accepted for this award. All students are automatically reviewed for this award during the admission review process and will be notified individually if they are chosen to receive the award.

Contact Us

For questions or additional information about the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship, please contact:

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song
Director, Center for Nursing Excellence in Palliative Care
Phone: 404.727.3134
Email: mi-kyung.song@emory.edu

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