Short Term UCSF Funding Opportunities

In terms 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 here.)

More details, including program requirements are listed below

                                  Eligibility    
OpportunitiesSOMSONSOPSODGME  PurposeLocationPathways Enrollment?
Pathways to Discovery Presentation Travel FundsXXXXXIntended to defray costs associated with travel and dissemination, e.g. poster or oral presentation at conference.U.S., InternationalNo
School of Medicine Dean's Summer Research Fellowship (Pathways Explore)X    Clinical research, bench-based translational research, and social science researchUCSF, U.S., InternationalNo
School of Medicine International Programs Grant for Clinical ExperiencesX    International Clinical ExperiencesInternational; Resource-limited countries onlyNo
The Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Fund for Maternal-Child HealthX    International Clinical ExperiencesInternational; Resource-limited countries onlyNo
Vanderryn Preceptorships for Underserved CommunitiesX    Clinical experiences providing early exposure to family medicine in an underserved communityUCSF, US, Occasionally InternationalNo
School of Medicine Global Health Research GrantX    Health related international research or projects in years 3 or 4International; Resource-limited countries onlyNo
PROF-PATH Summer and  Quarterly FellowshipXXXX Clinical and translational research as well as research projects in health professions education, cost-effectiveness, social and behavioral sciences, etc.UCSF, U.S.Yes
Philip R. Lee Summer FellowshipsXXXX Research, advocacy, systems-change, and policy projects.

UCSF, U.S.

Yes
Summer Curriculum Ambassador ProgramX X  Develop curricular components in Bridges Curriculum Ambassador programUCSFNo
Pathways to Discovery Project GrantXXXXXResearch, advocacy, curriculum development, and other scholarship-informed innovationUCSF, U.S., InternationalYes
Global Health Clinical Scholars Project GrantXXXXXGlobal health projectsInternationalYes

Resident Research Travel Funding

XXXXXFunds up to $600 for the presentation of clinical and translational research at scientific conferences.U.S., InternationalNo

Resident Research Funding

XXXXXFunds up to $1500 per academic year for research expensesUCSF, U.S., InternationalNo

 

Short-term Opportunities:

Pathways to Discovery Presentation Travel Funds

Purpose: Pathways to Discovery Travel Funds (previously called the SOM Travel Funds) are intended to defray costs associated with the dissemination of scholarly work, e.g. posters or oral presentations at conferences.

Eligibility: Pathways to Discovery enrollment is NOT required for application. Learners are eligible to receive just one PTD Travel Fund award, up to $500, during their time at UCSF. One application per dissemination request (conference/presentation opportunity) is allowed.  These awards are extremely limited and early application is recommended. Applications must be received prior to travel. Retroactive requests will be denied.  

Award: 46 $500 travel awards:

  • 43 – School of Medicine students only
  • 3 – Pathways to Discovery learners, non-SOM or GME

Distributed on a first-come, first–served basis each quarter. See application for exact dates each year:

  • 7 summer quarter grants (mid-June through mid-September)
  • 12 fall quarter grants (mid-September through December)
  • 12 winter quarter grants (January through March)
  • 12 spring quarter grants (April through mid-June)
  • 3 grants held for Non-SOM or GME learners per academic year

Requirements:

  • All travel award expenses will be processed after the completion of travel and require original receipts and documented dissemination.
  • Eligible expenses include: registration fees, airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals, and presentation materials (e.g. poster).
  • No alcohol or incidentals (e.g., phone calls) are reimbursable.
  • Documents required for reimbursement are: original receipts, boarding passes, detailed invoices, and a copy of conference materials listing student presentation (e.g., brochure or conference schedule).
  • UCSF's Accounting Office will not accept receipts that combine hotel and airfare costs (such as those from Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, etc.).

Length: Not specified
Apply: To apply for Pathways to Discovery Travel Funds fill out the PTD Travel Funds Application
Contact: Please contact the RAPtr Office for more information

School of Medicine Dean's Summer Research Fellowships (Pathways Explore)

Purpose: Funds all forms of medically-related research (e.g. clinical research, basic research, education research, and social science research) carried out full-time for 8 weeks during the summer between the first and second year of medical school.
Eligibility: Only available to UCSF SOM students between years 1 & 2, who are not in MSTP or other advanced degree programs
Award: $3,500 to be used at the student's discretion
Requirements:

  • Project must be full-time for a continuous 8 weeks during the summer between first and second year of medical school (there are no exceptions to this time commitment)
  • Must select a UCSF mentor/sponsor; if the project is away from UCSF, there must be both an on-site mentor AND a UCSF mentor, including research abroad.
  • You may be required to attend didactics or works-in-progress sessions depending on the funding mechanism.
  • Applications for travel to countries with a State Department travel warning require special approval, which is done on a case-by-case basis. Approval should be obtained before the RAPtr application is submitted. Find the link for the State Department website here.

Length: 8 weeks full-time
Apply: To apply for a SOM Dean's Summer Fellowship grant, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: Consult with School of Medicine funding directors, Drs. Sarkar or Lowenstein at studentresearch@medsch.ucsf.edu.

School of Medicine International Programs Grant for Clinical Experiences

Purpose: Funds certain expenses for students doing international clinical electives, usually in 4th year, but may include didactic clinical experiences in earlier years.
Eligibility: UCSF SOM students who are not in MSTP
Award: $500-2,000 grant toward travel and living expenses (language programs are not eligible for funding)
Requirements:

  • Work must be in one location and at least four weeks in length
  • Students are encouraged to look into other UCSF or external funding opportunities
  • All applicants must complete the online international elective module prior to travel
  • Applications for travel to countries with a State Department travel warning require special approval, which is done on a case-by-case basis. Approval should be obtained before the RAPtr application is submitted. Find the link for the State Department website here.
  • Funding is available only for rotations in resource-limited countries

Length: At least 4 weeks, but longer experiences are preferred
Apply: To apply simultaneously for a SOM International Programs Grant for Clinical Experiences and for the Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Grant, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, please read the Detailed International Program Grants page or contact Dr. Mylo Schaaf, Global Health Advisor.

The Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Fund for Maternal-Child Health

Purpose: Funds certain expenses for students doing clinically related work in a developing country, focused on the issues of maternal-child health, women’s reproduction, or women’s gynecology.
Eligibility: Only available to 3rd or 4th year UCSF SOM students who are not in MSTP
Award: $3,000 available annually, divided among one or more students as a grant toward travel and living expenses (language programs are not eligible for funding).
Requirements:

  • Work must be in one location and at least four weeks in length
  • Students are encouraged to look into other UCSF or external funding opportunities
  • All applicants must complete the online international elective module prior to travel
  • Applications for travel to countries with a State Department travel warning require special approval, which is done on a case-by-case basis. Approval should be obtained before the RAPtr application is submitted. Find the link for the State Department website here.
  • Funding is available only for resources in resource-limited countries

Length: At least 4 weeks, but longer experiences are preferred
Apply: To apply simultaneously for a Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Grant and the SOM International Programs Grants, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, please read the Detailed International Program Grants page or contact Dr. Mylo Schaaf, Global Health Advisor.

Vanderryn Preceptorships

Purpose: Named in memory of David Vanderryn, a Family Medicine resident, these preceptorships are available to a few UCSF students interested in family medicine and in working in underserved communities in the United States. Occasionally students are funded for work with underserved communities abroad.
Eligibility: SOM students between years 1 & 2
Award: $1600
Requirements:

  • Deadline is in March
  • Applications must include: 1) completed application form, 2) your current CV, and 3) a 500-word essay describing long-term goals, medical career interests, and why you would like to do a preceptorship in an underserved community.
  • If you have identified a community in which you would like to work, you should include that information in the essay.
  • Eligibility requires that you are not receiving funding from another source for the same experience.

Length: 4 weeks
Apply: Through Roy Johnston (see contact info). Note: This grant is not through the RAPtr application
Contact: To obtain or submit an application, or ask questions about the process, contact Roy Johnston, MU 335E, tel. 415/476-2503 or johnstonr@fcm.ucsf.edu

School of Medicine Global Health Research Grant

Purpose: Funds certain expenses for students doing international health-related research or projects. This funding source is not for research toward a Master's thesis.
Eligibility: Only available to UCSF SOM students, priority to Pathways to Discovery learners, who are not in MSTP.
Award: $500-2000 grant toward travel and living expenses.

Requirements:

  • Work must be in one location
  • Students are encouraged to look into other UCSF or external funding opportunities
  • All applicants must complete the online international elective module prior to travel
  • Applications for travel to countries with a State Department travel warning require special approval, which is done on a case-by-case basis. Approval should be obtained before the RAPtr application is submitted. Find the link for the State Department website here.
  • Funding is available only for work in resource-limited countries

Length: At least 4 weeks, though priority is given to projects or research done over at least 6-8 weeks on site.
Apply: To apply for a SOM Global Health Research Grant, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, please read the SOM GH Research Grant Guidelines or contact Dr. Mylo Schaaf, SOM Global Health Advisor.

PROF-PATH Summer and Quarterly Fellowships

Purpose: Funds clinical and translational research as well as research projects in health professions education, cost-effectiveness, social and behavioral sciences, etc.
Eligibility: Available to all UCSF students from Underrepresented in Medicine backgrounds who are interested in any field of research OR to students doing projects related to health disparities. Note that the yearlong and 12-week (quarterly) summer fellowships are available to all UCSF students, while the 8-week summer fellowships are available to MS1's only.
Award: TBD
Requirements:

  • Must select a UCSF mentor/sponsor and project must be based in the Bay Area
  • Must attend the weekly PROF-PATH Careers-in-Progress sessions from July to mid August
  • Must present at the annual UCSF Pathways Explore Symposium in January

Length: 12-week summer quarter fellowships, and 8-week summer fellowships
Apply: To apply for the PROF-PATH Quarterly Fellowship, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, visit PROF-PATH or contact PROF-PATH coordinator, Victoria Chen.

Philip R. Lee Fellowships

Purpose: Funds a broad range of health policy projects including research, advocacy, and systems-change
Eligibility: Open to students and trainees from all UCSF schools
Award: $3,500 to be used at the student's discretion
Requirements:

  • Project must be full-time for a contiguous 8 weeks during the summer (there are no exceptions to this time commitment)
  • Must select a UCSF mentor/sponsor; if the project is away from UCSF, there must be both an on-site mentor AND a UCSF mentor.
  • You may be required to attend didactics or works-in-progress sessions depending on the funding mechanism.

Length: 8 weeks
Apply: To apply for a Phillip R. Lee Fellowship, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, contact Dan Dohan.

Summer Curriculum Ambassador Program

Purpose: Embark on an eight-week immersive workplace learning experience designed to test the ideas, structures, and assumptions of the Bridges curriculum. This site is currently under construction while we prepare more information about this exciting opportunity! In the mean time, for more information about the program contact the CA Program Director, Chandler Mayfield.
Eligibility: Open to students from SOM and SOP
Award: $3500 for 8 weeks, full-time
Requirements: Contact Chandler Mayfield or see the webi
Length: 8 week Summer Program
Apply: To apply for the Summer Curriculum Ambassador Program, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, see http://meded.ucsf.edu/CurriculumAmbassadors 

Pathways to Discovery Project Grant

Purpose: The Pathways to Discovery Project Grant is a one-time, short-term, funding source available to all learners in the Pathways to Discovery Program on a quarterly basis. Pathways to Discovery Grants are intended to help support the completion of learner legacy products and can include critical project expenses and dissemination expenses such as poster printing.
Eligibility: Available to enrolled Pathways to Discovery learners from all schools. Eligibility is restricted to previously unfunded learners who are enrolled in a pathway.
Award: Typical funding for Pathways to Discovery Project Grants is between $500 - $1250.
Requirements:

  • All funded learners are required to submit receipts no later than six months after funding application date, per UCSF guidelines.
  • New for 2014-2015: travel and speaker expenses are not eligible for reimbursement by this fund.

Length: Not specified
Apply: To apply for a Pathways to Discovery Project Grant, complete the application form featured here. Quarterly applications are due on the following dates: October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th. 

Contact: For more information, see http://meded.ucsf.edu/pathways/pathways-funding-opportunities.

Global Health Clinical Scholars Project Grant

Purpose: The Global Health Clinical Scholars Project Grant is open to GME applicants who are enrolled in the GH Clinical Scholars program.  Scholars are eligible to apply for travel fund awards to help support their global health projects.  IT hardware, including computers, tablets, and smartphones are not funded. 
Eligibility: Open to GME students enrolled in the Global Health Clinical Scholars program
Award: $500-$3,000
Requirements:

  • For more information about the requirements of the GH Clinical Scholars Program, see this link.

Length: 12 weeks
Apply: To apply for a Global Health Clinical Scholars Project Grant, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, contact Maggie Coffin.

Resident Research Travel Funding

This fund is administered through the CTSI at UCSF. Please click here for more information.

Resident Research Funding

This fund is administered through the CTSI at UCSF. Please click here for more information.