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        
Opportunities SOM SON SOP SOD GME   Purpose Location Pathways Enrollment?
Pathways to Discovery Presentation Travel Funds X X X X X Intended to defray costs associated with travel and dissemination, e.g. poster or oral presentation at conference. U.S., International No
School of Medicine Dean's Summer Research Fellowship X         Clinical research, bench-based translational research, and social science research UCSF, U.S., International No
School of Medicine International Programs Grant for Clinical Experiences X         International Clinical Experiences International; Resource-limited countries only No
The Diane Sklar Global Health Initiative Fund for Maternal-Child Health X         International Clinical Experiences International; Resource-limited countries only No
Vanderryn Summer Preceptorship for Underserved Communities X         Clinical experiences providing early exposure to family medicine in an underserved community UCSF, US, Occasionally International No
School of Medicine Global Health Research Grant X         Health related international research or projects in years 3 or 4 International; Resource-limited countries only No
Philip R. Lee Summer Fellowship X X X X   Research, advocacy, systems-change, and policy projects.

UCSF, U.S.

Yes
Summer Curriculum Ambassador Program X         Develop curricular components in Bridges Curriculum Ambassador program UCSF No
Pathways to Discovery Project Grant X X X X X Research, advocacy, curriculum development, and other scholarship-informed innovation UCSF, U.S., International Yes

Resident Research Travel Funding

X X X X X Funds up to $600 for the presentation of clinical and translational research at scientific conferences. U.S., International No

Resident Research Funding

X X X X X Funds up to $1500 per academic year for research expenses UCSF, U.S., International No

 

Short-term Opportunities:

Pathways to Discovery Presentation Travel Funds

Purpose: Pathways to Discovery Presentation 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.

Requirements:

  • You must apply during the same quarter in which the conference will be attended. If possible, applications should be completed at least one month prior to travel date.  However, even if your travel date is less than one month after the start of a new quarter, submit for funding at the beginning of that quarter.
  • ​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.).
  • Applications must be received prior to travel and 2) retroactive requests will be denied. 
  • If your initial funding request is denied, you may not apply again to fund the same conference (though you may apply again for different conferences in the future if your request was denied).

Awards: 85 $500 travel awards:

  • 75 – School of Medicine students only
  • 10 – Pathways to Discovery learners (GME or non-SOM trainees)

Distributed on a first-come, first–served basis each quarter (see above under eligibility):

  • 20 winter quarter grants (1/1/16 - 3/29/16)

  • 20 spring quarter grants, (3/30/16 - 6/12/16)

  • 15 summer quarter grants (6/11/2016 - 9/6/2016)

  • 20 fall quarter grants (9/7/16 - 12/31/16)

  • 20 winter quarter grants (1/1/17 - 4/2/17)

  • 20 spring quarter grants (4/3/17 - 6/16/17)

  • 10 grants held for GME of non-SOM trainees, who are Pathways learners, per academic year

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 Fellowship

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 7 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. For other types of short-term funding from intramural UCSF funds, students are eligible in the summer after year one, and a second time in 4th year.
Award: $3,500 to be used at the student's discretion
Requirements:

  • Project must be full-time for a continuous 7 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: 7 weeks full-time
Apply: RAPtr - For this opportunity, please select RAPtr Pathways Explore Grant in the application form. SOM Dean's Summer Research Fellowship recipients are chosen from these applicants.
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. For short-term funding from intramural UCSF funds, students are eligible in the summer after year one, and a second time in 4th year.
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 Guidelines 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. For short-term funding from intramural UCSF funds, students are eligible in the summer after year one, and a second time in 4th year.
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 rotations 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 Summer Preceptorship for Underserved Communities

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. For short-term funding from intramural UCSF funds, students are eligible in the summer after year one, and a second time in 4th year.
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.

Philip R. Lee Fellowship

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: RAPtr - For this opportunity, please select "Pathways Explore Summer Research Grant" in the application form. Philip R. Lee Fellowship recipients are chosen from these applicants.
Contact: For more information, contact Dan Dohan.

Summer Curriculum Ambassador Program

Purpose: Teams of students and faculty will build upon and refine the Bridges curriculum, while establishing and refining new ways of training to be a physician. For Summer 2016, we will focus on various components of the Bridges Curriculum with teams of students working on projects with faculty leads of Assessment, Inquiry, CMC, Diversity and the F1 Blocks.
Eligibility: Open to students from SOM only
Award: $3500 for 7 weeks, full-time
Requirements: Contact David Rachleff or view the website for more info
Length: 7 week Summer Program, from June 27th to August 12th
Apply: To apply for the Summer Curriculum Ambassador Program, complete the application form featured here.
Contact: For more information, see website.

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, contact your pathway coordinator.

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.