UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative Summer Fellowship

The Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) provides accurate, timely policy-oriented research about homelessness for local, state, and national policymakers and practitioners. BHHI is seeking highly motivated students to join our multidisciplinary team for this 8-week summer program.

The Summer Explore Fellowships are designed for medical students for the UCSF School of Medicine, who are typically between their first and second year of professional school. The primary goals are to provide a mentored-research experience and to provide students an introduction to conducting strategic science research with communities affected by homelessness.

In Summer 2023, the BHHI has defined the following Summer Explore projects within the California State Study on Homelessness, a mixed-methods study on adults experiencing homelessness in California.

  • Statewide survey of homelessness to assess precipitants of homelessness and barriers to resolution
    • Qualitative sub-studies
  1. Precipitants of homelessness
  2. Rehousing
  3. Behavior health issues among people experiencing chronic and recent homelessness
  4. Race and ethnicity
  5. Violence and victimization

Summer Explore stipends are awarded once annually in April.  If awarded, grants include:

  • $4,500 stipend, distributed in June (more information here)
  • Participation in Summer Explore Symposium in December.
  • Eligibility for Short-Term Dean's Prize.
$4,500 stipend, distributed in June
  1. Must select a UCSF mentor from within BHHI.
  2. Must develop their project with the BHHI mentor.
  3. Application must meet the minimum standards of the review committee and be submitted on time.
  4. Must be first year medical student or first year of entry from the Joint Medical Program (JMP) and not in MSTP or other advanced degree programs.
  5. Project must be carried out full-time and continuously throughout length of program.
8 weeks, starting mid-June 2023

For more information on the BHHI: UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Duke (Michael.Duke@ucsf.edu) and Alma Yates (Alma.Yates@ucsf.edu)


This is a UCSF Funding Source dispersed by the Inquiry Funding Office.
Begin by verifying deadlines and process for Summer Explore by downloading the “Guide to Summer Explore Research.”

Applications Due: March 2023. To apply, review the Applications and Deadlines page and access the application form under "Summer Explore Grants".

Funding Sources
Funding Type
Summer Explore