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The fellowships and educational opportunities listed below are offered by ACPA members and/or ACPA Approved Teams but are not affiliated in any way with ACPA. If you have a fellowship program or educational opportunity you would like to have listed, please email us.



International Association for Dental Research’s STAR Network Academy Fellowship
Institution: TBD

The purpose of this fellowship will be to support the awardee’s attendance at the IADR Academy and IADR General Session & Exhibition, and then to have a research experience in a renowned research laboratory immediately after the IADR General Session.

The purposes of the visit are to:

  • Network with colleagues in in the candidate´s own research.
  • Develop an understanding of contemporary research environments.
  • Learn new and innovative research techniques that can advance the science undertaken by Fellow on their return to their home.
  • Develop shared research protocols and possible funding applications.

Deadline: January 24, 2023
For more information, click here.

Anthony Jones, Awards, Fellowships & Grants Coordinator



Craniofacial and Special Needs Orthodontic Fellowship
Institution: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Program Director: Stephen L-K Yen, DMD, PhD
Duration: 12 months starting either on July 1 or January 1
Deadline: September 15th of the preceding year

The Fellowship in Craniofacial and Special Needs Orthodontics at Children’s Hospital Los Angels is a one-year fellowship which is designed to provide the fellow with knowledge and skills needed to function as the orthodontist on a craniofacial team.  Each year, 1-2 fellows are accepted to one of the oldest CODA-accredited orthodontic fellowship programs.  All applicants must first complete an accredited orthodontic residency program prior to starting the fellowship.  If applying from an international orthodontic residency, then the applicant must be supported by their host hospital or government due to visa rules for hospital-based fellowships.  The fellows receive extensive clinical experiences(facial clefts, hemifacial microsomia, syndromic craniosynostosis, Treacher-Collins syndrome, Pierre-Robin Sequence, rare conditions, facial tumors and trauma) while caring for patients with a multi-disciplinary CHLA team, one of the largest craniofacial teams in the US.

Contact Griselda Monroy to apply.

Visit the CHLA website here for further information.


Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship
Institution: University of California, San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, CA
Program Director: Dr. Snehlata Oberoi
Duration: 12 months

The Division of Craniofacial Anomalies at the University of California, San Francisco is offering a one-year fellowship to qualified orthodontists, starting in Aug 2015. This is an ADA accredited post orthodontic residency fellowship program to provide advanced training and skills for the management of individuals with Craniofacial Anomalies and Special Care needs, requiring complex multidisciplinary care. The goal of this clinical fellowship is to prepare the fellow to participate in a craniofacial team, to treat patients with cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia, syndromic craniosynostosis and other craniofacial anomalies and to conduct research related to craniofacial anomalies.  Click here for the application.

Dr. Snehlata Oberoi
Tel: 415.476.1138


Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontic Fellowship
Institution:  University of Michigan Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry and University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital

Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Program Director:  Katherine Kelly, DDS, PhD, MS
Duration:  12 months

This clinical fellowship provides extensive and in depth training in the care of patients with craniofacial anomalies, syndromes, and associated special needs.

The fellow will work intimately with the multi-specialty Craniofacial Team members to diagnose, treatment plan, and treat patients.  This program includes clinical, didactic, research, and service components.  While gaining hands on experience, the fellow will also gain a broad scope of craniofacial care and the unique challenges this patient population faces.  This fellowship program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

For more information, visit their website.

Cassandra White
Dept. of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
1011 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
Tel: 734.764.1080

New York

Craniofacial Orthodontic and Special Needs Fellowship
Institution: New York University Langone Medical Center, Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery

Location: New York, NY
Program Director: Dr. Pradip R. Shetye
Duration: 12 Months from July 1st through June 30th
Deadline: October 15 of the preceding year

This was the first ADA accredited post orthodontic residency fellowship program in the USA that was designed to provide advanced training and skills for the management of patients with Craniofacial Anomalies and Special Care requirements (CFA&SC). These patients have a wide range of congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies that affect the craniofacial complex and stomatognathic system, requiring complex multidisciplinary care. The focus of this subspecialty of orthodontics includes but is not limited to: patients with cleft lip and palate, syndromic craniosynostosis and other craniofacial anomalies, dentofacial deformities, craniofacial surgery, orthognathic surgery, distraction osteogenesis, nasoalveolar molding and special care orthodontics. Graduates of the program will develop skills in the diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip and palate. They will work with both two and three dimensional diagnostic record sets in performing craniofacial orthodontic diagnosis and treatment plans. The Fellow will be exposed to a large clinical population of both pediatric and adult patients with congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities. The goal of the program is to train individuals to take an active role on a cleft and craniofacial treatment team.

Eligibility: Candidates for this fellowship program must have graduated from an CODA accredited dental school and orthodontic residency program, and be eligible for full licensures in New York State. Please check New York state Education Department for more information.  For application form, please contact the office.

Stipend is available. Please call the office for details.

Dr. Pradip R. Shetye
Tabbatha Roman
Tel: 212.263.5204
Fax: 212.263.0882

Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontic Fellowship
Institution: Jacobi Medical Center Department of Dentistry/OMFS

Location: Bronx, NY
Program Director: Timothy P. Levine, DMD
Duration: 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Deadline: 1/31/2023

Jacobi Medical Center offers an ADA-accredited fellowship program for graduate orthodontists to learn treatment of congenital and acquired dentofacial and craniofacial deformities. Fellows’ clinical responsibilities include management of a roster of patients, from infant to adult, formulating treatment plans, routine visits, and planning surgical treatment. The program offers a special focus on orthognathic treatment. Fellows participate in multidisciplinary conferences, didactic courses, literature review and research. Graduates are prepared to recognize and treatment plan patients with extreme dentofacial complexities in a multidisciplinary setting.

Fellows can complete a full time one year program or a part-time two year program, with preference for part time fellows. The fellowship is funded, with fellows receiving a stipend (based on PGY level) and benefits.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be eligible for dental licensure in New York State (US or Canadian DDS/DMD required) and have completed a CODA-accredited orthodontic residency

Visit our website to learn more.

For more information, please contact Teresa Ortigoza 718-918- 3419 or email jacobiorthofellowship@gmail.com


Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship

Location:  Cleveland, Ohio
Program Director:  Dr. Manish Valiathan
Duration:  12 months

Fellows accepted into the Craniofacial, Surgical, and Special Care Orthodontics Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will be provided with advanced clinical, didactic, and research training. During the 1-year program, the fellow will be exposed to the diagnoses, treatment planning, and clinic execution of orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic services to pediatric, adolescents, and adult patients who have congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities.  The goal of the program is to train the fellow to attain a level of competency that enables them to recognize, diagnose and treat patients with craniofacial anomalies and special needs in a hospital-based team care setting. The Craniofacial Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

The program has two starts dates, January or July.  Eligible candidates are entitled to a stipend during their course of study.  Additional information is available on Case Western Reserve University’s website. Follow this link: https://case.edu/dental/departments-programs/craniofacial-orthodontics/craniofacial-fellowship-program for information on the Craniofacial Fellowship Program, which includes guidelines on how to apply (PASS Application required).

Dr.  Manish Valiathan
Deb Tomsick


Cleft, Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontic Fellowship
Institution: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Duration: 12 months

The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is offering a one-year fellowship training program in cleft, craniofacial and special care orthodontics.  The orthodontic division is a full-time cleft-craniofacial practice that treats patients from birth through adulthood.  The scope of the practice involves pre-surgical infant orthopedics for the cleft patient, phase I treatment and preparation for alveolar bone grafting, and comprehensive orthodontic treatment, including orthognathic surgical planning and preparation. Weekly team meetings, didactic and case-based conference, literature review and dedicated research time are integral to the fellowship.  Upon completion of the program, a Certificate in Cleft, Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics from The Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh is awarded. PGY-4 stipend support and benefits are provided. The Craniofacial Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Eligibility: Applicants must be eligible for dental licensure in the State of Pennsylvania (US or Canadian DDS/DMD required) and have completed an orthodontic residency.

For more information and to receive application materials, please provide a letter of introduction and CV via email to Kristin Parady.


Craniofacial Orthodontics Fellowship
Institution: University of Utah

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Program Director: Duane Yamashiro, DDS, MS
Duration: 12 months

The Cleft and Craniofacial Program is located in the Primary Children’s Hospital, a tertiary care facility that serves five states.  The Program has three craniofacial surgeons, a craniofacial surgery fellow and a craniofacial orthodontist. Patients are followed from birth through adulthood. A high volume of presurgical orthopedics, distraction osteogenesis, and orthognathic procedures provide training for the management of patients with complex craniofacial anomalies and special care needs requiring multidisciplinary care. PGY-4 stipend support and benefits are provided as well as additional funds to attend meetings and support research.

Eligibility: Applicants must be eligible for dental licensure in the State of Utah (US or Canadian DDS/DMD required) and have completed an orthodontic residency. Click here for more information.

The goal of the program is to train an orthodontist to a level of competency that enables them to recognize, diagnose and treat patients with craniofacial anomalies and special needs in a hospital-based team care setting.  Fellows will also engage in research related to craniofacial anomalies. Interested parties please send CV to kallie.handy@hsc.utah.edu


Craniofacial Orthodontics Fellowship Program
Institution: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Location: Seattle, WA
Program Director: Hitesh Kapadia, DDS, PhD
Duration: September 2025 (12 months)

The Craniofacial Orthodontics Fellowship program at Seattle Children’s Hospital is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills for the management of craniofacial anomalies. Graduates of the program will have been exposed to the diagnosis, treatment planning, and care of a large clinical volume of primarily pediatric patients who have congenital and acquired craniofacial differences. Active participation in ongoing clinical outcome studies and case series analysis is expected and the presentation of original clinical research at a national meeting is supported. The goal of the program is to train the fellow to attain a level of competency that enables them to recognize, diagnosis, and treat patients with craniofacial anomalies and special needs in a hospital based, team care setting. PGY-4 stipend support and benefits are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be eligible for dental licensure in the State of Washington and have completed an orthodontic residency as well as supply documentation of passing scores on parts I and II of the NBDE.

Rodo Abdirahman, Fellowship Coordinator


Orthodontic Fellowship
Institution: Hospital for Sick Children

Location: Toronto, Canada
Duration: 12 months
Deadline: October 31

The Hospital for Sick Children is offering an orthodontic fellowship in cleft lip/palate & craniofacial anomalies. It is a great opportunity for young graduates of accredited orthodontic programs to spend a year being involved in treatment planning and treating complicated craniofacial and cleft cases, planning orthognathic surgery and distraction osteogenesis in conjunction with our Division of Craniofacial Surgery, as well as getting involved with some research. The Hospital for Sick Children cleft/craniofacial program is one of the largest in patient volume in the world. The orthodontic fellowship program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

Dr. Kyle Stevens, Head, Division of Orthodontics


Craniofacial Orthodontic Program

Institution: Rambam Health Care Campus, Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Location: Haifa, Israel
Program Director: Prof. Dror Aizenbud
Duration: 12 months
Deadline: June 1

This orthodontic fellowship program is based at the Rambam Health Care Campus which includes the largest comprehensive craniofacial team in Israel. The program provides advanced training in the treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate, hemifacial microsomia and other congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies, syndromes and special care needs. The fellow will gain experience to participate in the craniofacial team and adapt a broad clinical experience in the pre and post-surgical orthodontic management of patients undergoing craniofacial and orthognathic surgery and distraction osteogenesis. The program encompasses advanced clinical and academic skills, design and conduct of clinical craniofacial studies and participation in scientific meetings. This fellowship program will provide the recent qualified orthodontic graduate with a fascinating alternative to the conventional practice of orthodontics.


Prof. Dror Aizenbud
Chairman, Department of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Anomalies
Tel: 972.4.7772265
Fax: 972.4.7773429

Plastic Surgery

New York

Cranio-Maxillofacial\Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Institution: State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Location: Syracuse, NY
Program Directors: Sherard A. Tatum, MD and Amar Suryadevara, MD
Duration: 12 months
Deadline: Applicants should apply by February 1

Eligibility: Board eligible surgeons in Otolaryngology. View more information.

Geoff Ameele
Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Otolaryngology
750 E. Adams St
Syracuse, NY 13210
Tel: 315.464.4636


Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship
Institution: The Craniofacial Center

Location: Dallas, TX
Duration: one year (begin July 1).

Focus is pediatric congenital craniofacial anomalies (this includes cleft lip and palate, but is not focused just on this area). Only individuals who are U.S. board eligible in Plastic Surgery will be considered.  View more information.

Jeffrey A. Fearon, MD, FACS, FAAP
Director, The Craniofacial Center
7777 Forest Lane, C-700
Dallas, TX 75230
Tel: 972.566.6464

Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship

Institution:  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Location: Dallas, TX
Program Director:  James Seaward, MD, FRCS
Duration:  12 months

The Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center offers an ACGME-accredited 12-month fellowship program in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery. This fellow is a fully integrated member of a high-volume general pediatric and cleft/craniofacial practice. This position is typically offered to physicians who have successfully completed an accredited plastic surgery residency and are looking for more complete training in pediatric plastic craniofacial surgery. View more information.

Nemika Meely
Department of Plastic Surgery
1801 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75390-9132
Tel: 214.645.3107


Craniofacial Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Institution: University of Utah

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Program Director: Dr. Barbu Gociman
Time: 12 months
Affiliation: University of Utah, Primary Children’s Hospital

The Craniofacial Fellowship is a large-volume training program designed for board eligible/board certified graduates of ACGME certified plastic surgery residencies who wish to gain additional experience in the diagnosis and surgical management of craniofacial anomalies. The surgeons at the craniofacial program provide one of the most extensive experiences in United States. We have performed over 800 major craniofacial procedures over the past 10 years. For example, more than 200 patients with craniosynostosis have been treated with the endoscopic assisted craniectomy, with excellent results. View more information.

Kallie Handy, Program Manager
Tel: 801-581-8419


Post Graduate Fellowship – Craniofacial Surgery
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin

Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Duration: 12 Months

BC/BE plastic surgery required, 1 year fellowship beginning in July. Focus on congenital and traumatic reconstruction, tertiary cleft lip/palate, orthognathic and distraction. Pediatrics and adult. Research activity encouraged. Administered by Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin. ACGME accredited.

Kant Y.K. Lin, MD, Director, Center for Craniofacial Disorders
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Tel: 414.266.2825

Speech-Language Pathology


Clinical Fellowship in Speech Pathology focused in Craniofacial Disorders
Institute: Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

Location: Atlanta, GA
Program Director: John E. Riski, PhD, CCC-S, FASHA
Duration: 12 months (July – June)

The Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish offers a Clinical Fellowship in Speech Pathology focused in Craniofacial Disorders.  The goal of the Fellowship is to provide clinical research experience for speech pathologists who want to be the next generation clinical researchers in craniofacial disorders. Applications are due by April 1 and the Fellowship is available in July. It is a paid position leading to the completion of the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY).  The ideal Fellowship candidate will have strong demonstrated interest in craniofacial disorders, a Master’s or PhD in Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology, will have completed a student internship with clinical cleft and craniofacial experience and/or completed a research project in craniofacial disorders. They should have a professional goal of developing into a clinical researcher in the specialty area of craniofacial disorders. We have found that students who have worked as a research assistant or directed a research lab for one of their professors have excellent skills to excel in this position.

Apply online at https://careers.choa.org. Navigate to “Featured Jobs”, “Allied Health Jobs”, “Rehabilitation Services & Orthopedics Jobs”.  Or, search by Keyword “Craniofacial” if needed.

Attach a document explaining your interest in craniofacial disorders and your professional goals.

Tour our Craniofacial Center:


Katie Dillon MS, CCC-SLP


Craniofacial Speech Pathology Fellowship
Institution: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Location: Columbus, OH
Program Directors: Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP and Richard Kirschner, MD
Duration: 12 Months
Deadline: March 1 each year

This speech fellowship program is a full-time 12 month experience consisting of clinical and research training in the assessment and treatment of:
• Cleft lip and palate
• Other craniofacial anomalies
• Velopharyngeal dysfunction and Resonance disorders
• Syndromes commonly associated with clefting/craniofacial anomalies, including emphasis on the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
• Feeding/swallowing disorders in patients with craniofacial anomalies
• Pediatric speech disorders, with an emphasis on articulation and motor speech disorders

The fellow will work with the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders, Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program, 22q Center, and the Speech Pathology Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The fellow will also spend time working on craniofacial-speech research and speech outcome/QI projects. The fellowship can be designed to include completion of required clinical hours and training to meet CFY requirements; however applicants who already have their CCC’s are also welcome to apply if they desire additional training in craniofacial anomalies.

Applications are due March 1. For more information regarding this fellowship, applicant requirements, and the application process, please visit our website.

Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP
Tel: 614.722.3895


LEND Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship
Institution:  Institute on Development & Disability/Oregon Health & Science University

Location: Portland, OR
Duration:  12 months
Deadline: February 1. 2023, 12:00 PM PST

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) post graduate degree fellowship in speech-language pathology is a full-time position that lasts for 12 months, and is primarily clinical in nature. This experience includes all clinical hours and requirements for completion of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association fellowship experience. Primary clinical training occurs at the Child Development & Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) Clinics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital/Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, with training and mentorship provided by our faculty of speech-language pathologists. Clinical fellows engage in multidisciplinary team assessments in rotations through our Craniofacial, Feeding, Autism, Down Syndrome, Child Development, and Neurodevelopment Clinics. The fellowship also includes intervention and treatment opportunities for children with communication disorders in the CDRC clinics.

In addition to clinical experience, the Clinical Fellow will also participate in

  • Interdisciplinary training in the LEND program
  • Weekly interdisciplinary seminars with topics related to community outreach, family issues that affect children with developmental disabilities, leadership, and policy development
  • Participation in a family mentoring experience
  • Engagement in a leadership/community engagement project
  • A research project and presentation under the guidance of a mentor
  • Leadership and teaching opportunities
  • Opportunities for continuing education

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program at the CDRC aims to provide training leadership in clinical care and coordination, family systems, education, public policy, community resources, and advocacy for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, utilizing an interdisciplinary model. Our annual LEND program includes faculty and a cohort of approximately 16 long term trainees from 12 disciplines, including speech-language pathology.

This fellowship is co-sponsored by the Division of Speech-Language Pathology and the Institute on Development & Disability at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

How to Apply: Applicants must be a US Citizen or have a permanent residency Visa, have the minimum of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, a conditional license to practice in the state of Oregon (can be arranged after acceptance into the program), and meet all the requirements for clinical certification except the Clinical Fellowship. Oregon Health & Science University is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, and successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse community populations. Applicants must be able to pass a background check and a drug screen.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A letter of intent, not to exceed two pages, including:
    • Interest and goals related to this fellowship position
    • Background as it relates to the position description and activities outlined above, including experience working with pediatric populations and diverse populations as well as experience with leadership, advocacy, community engagement and/or research
  2. A resume, not to exceed two pages; and
  3. Two letters of recommendation.

We request that the letter of intent and resume be submitted by the candidate via email to Hannah Sanford-Keller.

We request that all letters of recommendation be submitted by the recommender via email to Hannah Sanford-Keller. Please include the first and last name of the candidate in the heading of the email.

Terms:Modest stipends will be available for the 2023-24 academic year. Stipends are contingent upon continued grant funding, and fellowships are funded by a grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  Compensation inquiries can be sent to Hannah Sanford-Keller at sanfordh@ohsu.edu.  The beginning date for the fellowship is the first week of September.

Once selected, trainees will be required to demonstrate that they have health insurance and that they have received all required vaccinations, to include COVID-19 vaccination. Fellows are required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations, and if the full panel required by OHSU is not current, then they will need to update vaccinations at their expense. Current required vaccinations include: Diphtheria+Tetanus (within the last 10 years), Polio, Rubella, and Rubeola, or proof of prior disease.  COVID-19 vaccination is also required. Additionally, Hepatitis B vaccination is encouraged, but not required. For more information about required vaccinations, please contact Nicole Valdivia Nava navan@ohsu.edu

Fellows are required to provide proof of personal medical insurance coverage prior to starting training, and must maintain that coverage over the course of the training period. Additional financial support is added

Hannah Sanford-Keller, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
LEND Training Coordinator, Speech-Language Pathology
Institute on Development and Disability
LEND Program
707 SW Gaines Street, Portland, OR 97239-3098
Tel:  503.494.2737
Fax: 503.494.6868

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