Postdoctoral Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship

The Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) focuses on strengthening communications, collaboration and capacity building within the maternal and newborn health field, and offers a two-year, non-accredited transdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship focused on prematurity. This fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to work with world-class researchers and mentors, develop ideas and partnerships within a collaborative network, present works in progress and final results in domestic and global symposia, and formally build additional research skills. 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Preterm Birth Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellows, November 2017.

To date, 10 promising scholars at the top of their fields have participated in the fellowship program. They represent a wide range of clinical (general medicine, neonatology, neurology, nursing, nurse midwifery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics) and scientific (anatomy, biology, epidemiology, health services research, and psychology) disciplines. These innovative and highly productive fellows have collectively published over 50 first-authored papers and 40 co-authored papers. The eight fellows who have completed the fellowship now have faculty positions at UCSF or elsewhere.

In 2019, PTBi was awarded a prestigious T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health to both expand and sustain the fellowship for years to come. 




Program Components

  • Salary support and travel/supplies stipend
  • Access to research and education funds through an intramural application process
  • Career development workshops offered in conjunction with the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Strong research and career mentorship emphasizing the collaborative, transdisciplinary approach necessary to achieve impact on complex conditions such as prematurity
  • Fellows seminars with a rotating schedule of didactic content, works in progress, and journal clubs
  • Leadership opportunities and network building through PTBi-sponsored events

Meet the Fellows

Read the biographies and featured work of our current and graduated postdoctoral research fellows.

Read more




This fellowship is open to US citizens and permanent residents. Fellows cannot hold concurrent active faculty positions. Candidates are eligible if they have completed any one of the following:

  • MD with or without residency or sub-specialty training in obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, medicine, and/or preventative medicine
  • Nursing degree with completed doctoral training (e.g., PhD, DNP)
  • Doctoral degree (PhD, ScD) in biomedical or social sciences or public health (DrPH)

Application Procedure

The Preterm Birth Initiative aims to admit 2 qualified candidates each fellowship cycle.

Applications for the 2020 cohort are open August 1, 2019 and due October 1, 2019. Read more about the application process here

You may direct questions regarding the fellowship to Nicole Santos at [email protected].