Postdoctoral Funding

UCSF is home to numerous postdoctoral trainees, many of whom are engaged in clinical and translational research.

UCSF/Kaiser Permanente Grants Program for Fellows

The UCSF/Kaiser Permanente Grants Program for Fellows will support research by UCSF postdoctoral fellows who wish to work collaboratively with both Kaiser Department of Research (DOR) and UCSF faculty on research projects that are based in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) setting.


The Precision Health Science TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship (PRESCIENT) seeks to train exceptional postdoctoral fellows and provide them with the methodologic, analytic, leadership, and team science skills required to conduct transformative early translational research of relevance to precision health. Qualified clinical fellows and PhD postdoctoral will receive advanced didactic training relevant to the conduct of translation research, support from senior mentors and peers in the conduct of their research through regular works-in-progress sessions, and career development support through one-on-one mentoring from established translational investigators as well as other structured activities.

UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP)

Under-Represented Faculty & Senior Fellows in Clinical and Translational Research Awards These awards aim to encourage fellows and junior faculty from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to remain in academia.

NIH Funding

NIH Funded T32 Fellowships. There are over 50 fellowship training programs at UCSF supported by the NIH T32 mechanism (see all current UCSF T32 awards). In addition there are many other postdoctoral fellowship programs in various departments funded by other mechanisms.

NIH New Investigators Program. The new Pathway to Independence Award program will provide a unique opportunity for highly promising postdoctoral scientists to obtain two forms of support from a single NIH award. The support is interconnected and combines an initial mentored research phase (K99) followed by the scientist's first independent research support (R00). This funding opportunity is available to non-U.S. citizens as well as U.S. citizens. See current UCSF K99 awards

NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. The NIH allows Principal Investigators holding specific types of NIH research grants to apply for funds for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented. See current UCSF Diversity Supplement awards

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Other Clinical and Translational Research Fellowships

The Women's Health Clinical Research Center Fellowship is funded by the Mount Zion Health Fund and trains young physicians in clinical research methods in women's health. Fellows are selected based on research promise, demonstrated interest in women's health issues and excellence in clinical care and teaching. The fellowship is a two-year training program that combines didactic training with consistent mentoring and research collaboration.

UCSF DGIM General Internal Medicine Clinical Research Fellowship. The Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco offers a two-to-three year General Internal Medicine Fellowship designed to train physicians for academic medicine careers in clinical and health services research, with an emphasis on health disparities and priority populations. The NRSA- and HRSA-funded fellowship program is run jointly by faculty from San Francisco General Hospital, Parnassus-Mt Zion, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Fellowship Program. This program trains individuals with diverse life experiences and professional backgrounds to use research and evidence to create positive change in health policy. We offer training for predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and individuals at mid-career. The program includes intensive mentoring and participatory seminars.

Clinical Research Fellowships sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Several research fellowships are available at the San Francisco VA Medical Center including those in Health Services Research and Development, Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Women's Health, Geriatric Neurology, Substance Abuse, Geriatrics, National Quality Scholars, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson Disease and Medical Informatics. Contact Beng Dela Fuente at 415 221-4810 x 3687.

Fellowships and other training opportunities concerning brain imaging in aging and neurodegenerative diseases are available at the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases which is Directed by Michael W Weiner MD. Fellowship training ranges from MRI physics, to image reconstruction, image processing, psychology, and clinical research. For more information contact Dr Weiner.

Transdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Preterm Birth. The goal of this fellowship is to develop the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers at UCSF focused on decreasing the global burden of prematurity.

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