Long Term UCSF Funding Opportunities

In terms of general funding, students should look into resources at least a year in advance for long term funding. Deadlines can vary from fall to mid-winter or spring, depending on the funding source.

In term of funding for global health work:

  • UCSF students should avoid choosing field assignments in countries with State Department Warnings, since these placements require special permission from the UCSF administration. (See a global health advisor if you have questions about this. Find the link for the State Department website on this page.)
  • In addition to the programs and fellowships listed below, there are several other Training Programs and Fellowships for UCSF personnel in support of global health.

More details, including program requirements are listed below

                                     Eligibility    
Opportunities SOM SON SOP SOD Grad Location Purpose Pathways Enrollment
YIP X X X X   UCSF Biomedical, clinical and translational, and social science research Yes
School of Medicine Dean's Yearlong Fellowship X         UCSF, U.S., International Biomedical, clinical and translational, and social science research Yes
Philip R. Lee Fellowships X X X X X UCSF, U.S. Research, advocacy, systems-change, and policy projects. Yes
PROF-PATH Fellowships X X X X   UCSF Clinical and translational research as well as research projects in health professions education, cost-effectiveness, social and behavioral sciences, etc. Yes
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship X         U.S., International Biomedical, clinical and translational, and social science research No
School of Medicine Linker Fellowship X         UCSF Biomedical, clinical and translational, and social science research Yes
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship X         UCSF Clinical research and biostatistical skills used to produce a publishable article No

Year-long Inquiry Program (YIP)

Purpose: This yearlong pre-doctoral intensive training program provides coursework and mentorship on research methodology and practice, and participation in an individualized research project. There are three tracks that are possible: 1) primarily laboratory-focused translational research, 2) extensive contact with research participants and primary data collection, and 3) the ATCR Certificate Program, which is a rigorous 4-quarter academic program in the methods and conduct of clinical research.
Eligibility: SOM (including Physical Therapy), SON, SOP, SOD
Award: Approximately $30,000/yr including health benefits if needed
Requirements:

  • Location: UCSF - no international travel
  • Bi-weekly Works-in-Progress (WIP) seminars
  • MD with Distinction for SOM awardees with required legacy product
  • Pathways to Discovery for SOM awardees
  • Oral and poster presentations at year-end UCSF symposia and national meeting (funding permitting)
  • Attend quarterly UCSF Clinical & Translational Inter-School Journal Club Meetings (in evenings)
  • Required courses in EPI 150.03 and EPI 201 Designing Clinical Research and Responsible Conduct of Research

Length: 1 year
Apply: RAPtr
Contact:

School of Medicine Dean's Yearlong Fellowship

Purpose: Provide funding for SOM students who are enrolled in a Pathway to Discovery and who are working towards an MD with Distinction.
Eligibility: SOM students taking a year off to meet the requirements for an MD with Distinction
Award: $26,000/yr (varies) plus health insurance if needed
Requirements:

  • Enrollment in Pathways to Discovery
  • Completion of an MD with Distinction
  • Production of a legacy project approved by the student's MDwD committee
  • Oral and poster presentations at year-end UCSF symposia
  • Location preferred at UCSF, but this is not an absolute requirement. International travel is allowed.

Note: Fellows may opt to join CTRFP, described above
Length: 1 year
Application: RAP’tr - For this opportunity, please select "Yearlong Funding" in the application form. Dean's Yearlong Fellowship recipients are chosen from these applicants.
Contact: Dan Lowenstein and Urmimala Sarkar at studentresearch@medsch.ucsf.edu

Philip R. Lee Fellowships

Purpose: Funds a broad range of health policy projects including research, advocacy, and systems-change.
Eligibility: SOM, SON, SOP, SOD, Graduate Division
Award: $26,000/yr (varies) includes health insurance if needed
Requirements:

  • Pathway to Discovery completion or for non-SOM awardees, an equivalent as determined by Pathways to Discovery and school leadership
  • MD with Distinction for SOM awardees
  • Location: UCSF, or U.S.

Length: 1 year
Apply: RAPtr - For this opportunity, please select "Yearlong Funding" in the application form. Philip R. Lee Fellowship recipients are chosen from these applicants.
Faculty Contact: Dan Dohan, PhD

PROF-PATH Fellowship

Purpose: Intensive training research and innovation fellowships. Available to all UCSF learners in health professional schools from health disparity populations who are interested in any field of research OR to learners with projects related to health disparities.
Eligibility: SOM, SON, SOP, SOD professional school students
Amount: $26,000/yr (varies) includes health insurance if needed
Requirements:

  • Works-in-Progress (WIP) seminars
  • MD with Distinction for SOM awardees
  • Pathways to Discovery for SOM awardees
  • Oral and Poster presentations at year-end UCSF student research and innovation festival
  • Curriculum: DCR and chosen Pathway curriculum for SOM or other appropriate curriculum in consultation with school leadership for SOD, SOP, and SON students

Length: 1 year
Apply: RAP’tr - For this opportunity, please select "Pathways Explore Summer Research Grant" in the application form. PROF-PATH recipients are chosen from these applicants.
Contact:

UCSF Doris Duke Charitable Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF)

Purpose: Funds all forms of clinical/translational research (e.g. clinical research, disease-oriented basic research) - ANIMAL MODELS PROHIBITED
Eligibility: Up to 6 slots for medical students from any US Medical School including UCSF. (There is also a National Doris Duke Program available. If you are seriously interested in the ICRF program, it is strongly encouraged that you apply to more than one ICRF school. You are not penalized for applications to more than one school.)
Award: $29,000/yr. Also funding for research allowance, travel allowance/relocation and health benefits if needed.
Requirements:

  • Students are expected to be at UCSF for training from July until late August. They are expected to spend at least 8 months at an international site for their research projects, and need to be back at UCSF for presentations and wrap-up in May.
  • Complete research project under UCSF faculty mentor. Possible locations: UCSF affiliated international sites – see “Clinical Research Opportunities in Global Health” section on this page: http://accelerate.ucsf.edu/training/predoctoral-fellowship-international
  • Bi-weekly Works-in-Progress (WIP) seminars (online podcasts while overseas)
  • Oral and poster presentations at year-end UCSF symposia and national meeting
  • Attend national DDCF CRF meeting (June)
  • Attend quarterly UCSF Clinical & Translational Inter-School Journal Club Meetings (while in SF)
  • EPI 150.03 and EPI 201 Designing Clinical Research, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Global Health curriculum.

Length: 12 months with 8 – 9 months abroad
Apply: Both the Doris Duke ICRF application and UCSF DDCF Supplemental application (including mentor endorsement) REQUIRED
Contact: Madeline Mann, (415) 514-8066 and visit the website: http://accelerate.ucsf.edu/training/predoctoral-fellowship-international

School of Medicine Linker Fellowship

Purpose: Provide funding for SOM students who are enrolled in a Pathway to Discovery and who are working towards an MD with Distinction, and pursuing clinical/translational research related to hematology and/or oncology.
Eligibility: SOM internal funding for Pathways to Discovery learners working towards a MD with Distinction.
Award: $26,000/yr (varies) includes health insurance if needed
Requirements:

  • Enrollment in Pathways to Discovery
  • Completion of MD with Distinction
  • Production of a legacy product approved by the student's MDwD committee
  • Oral and poster presentations at year-end UCSF symposia
  • Location: UCSF

Note: Fellows may opt to join CTRFP, described above
Length: 1 year
Application: RAP’tr
Contact: Dan Lowenstein and Urmimala Sarkar at studentresearch@medsch.ucsf.edu


UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship

Purpose: The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine has fellowship positions available for medical students to do a research internship at the Center over 1 - 2 years. Applicants work closely with a faculty member at the Osher Center, typically on part of an existing research project. Examples of current research areas include studies on meditation, exercise, acupuncture, mindful childbirth, and interventions to increase positive mood.
Eligibility: SOM (includes MD/PhD students)
Award: approx. $22,476/yr. plus support for biostatistics and other clinical research training courses.
Requirements:

  • Goals of the experience include developing clinical research and biostatistical skills and using them to produce a publishable article

Length: 1- 2 years
Apply: NOT through RAPtr. The Osher Center has its own application process through the program coordinator.
Contact: More information and application materials can be found at: http://www.osher.ucsf.edu/research/fellowships/, or contact Yvette Coulter, TRIM program coordinator.