ASPIRE Summer Fellowship

The ASPIRE Summer Fellowship is intended for all UCSF medical students who are committed to ensuring that high quality, diverse and well-distributed medical care is available to populations, communities, and individuals in California’s San Joaquin Valley (SJV). What’s unique about the ASPIRE Summer Fellowship is the mix of clinical and community outreach exposure that is possible while completing summer research. In addition, Fellows qualify for the statewide AHEC Scholars Program while gaining experience, knowledge and expertise in caring for SJV populations. All students are encouraged to apply regardless of their eventual specialty choice or home campus.
Priority will be given to students in the SJV PRIME, however all UCSF SOM students are eligible to apply

2022 Program Dates: June 13th, 2022 - July 22nd, 2022

If awarded, packages include:

  • $4,500 stipend
  • Subsidized housing in the SJV, if needed
  • Two days clinical, and one day of community engagement activity weekly
  • AHEC Scholars Program
  • Participation in the Summer Explore Symposium in December
  • Eligibility for the Short-Term Dean’s Prize
$4,500 (*If you are not an SJV PRIME student, you must apply for funding through Summer Explore).
  • Must be a first year medical student or first year of entry from the Joint Medical Program (JMP) and not in MSTP or other advanced degree programs.
  • Must select a research project and a UC mentor (including UCSF, UCSF Fresno, and UC Merced). If the project is away from UC, there must be both an on-site mentor AND a UC mentor.
  • Research proposals must have a SJV mentor or have a focus on communities, populations, or individuals in the San Joaquin Valley to qualify for funding. The mentor must complete the mentor agreement form prior to the start of ASPIRE.
  • Students will be expected to be in the SJV for the duration of the fellowship. (*With prior approval, a student may work on a research project based in San Francisco and travel to the Valley regularly to complete the community engagement and clinical components of the program.)
  • Application must meet the minimum standards of the review committee and be submitted on time.
  • AHEC Scholars Program is optional except for students from the SJV PRIME program and carries additional program completion requirements. 
6 weeks

ASPIRE Director: Kamell Eckroth-Bernard, MD


SJV PRIME F1 Coordinator: Allyson Khau


This is a UCSF Funding Source dispersed by the Inquiry Funding Office.

Please submit your ASPIRE application and ASPIRE mentor agreement form by February 25th, 2022 at 12:00pm (noon)

ASPIRE Application:


ASPIRE Mentor Agreement form:

Funding Sources
Funding Type
Summer Explore