Postdoctoral Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship

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About the Program

PTBi offers a transdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship focused on reducing disparities in preterm birth and improving maternal and neonatal outcomes. This fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to work with world-class researchers and mentors, develop ideas and partnerships within a collaborative network, and formally build additional research skills. 

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Meet our Fellows!

Meet the Fellows



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

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Program Highlights

  • Since its inception, 18 fellows have graduated from the program. They represent a wide range of clinical (general medicine, neonatology, neurology, nursing, midwifery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics) and scientific (basic science, epidemiology, health services research, and psychology) disciplines. 
  • Among our graduates, 15 have secured faculty positions at UCSF or other institution and six have received NIH K awards. Several have now obtained independent research funding. 
  • Fellows have collectively published over 100 first-authored peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • In 2019, PTBi was awarded a prestigious T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health to both expand and sustain the fellowship. 

Fellowship Components

  • Competitive salary support and travel/supplies stipend
  • Access to research and education funds through an application process
  • 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
  • Career development workshops offered in conjunction with the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Leadership opportunities and network building through PTBi-sponsored events

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Eligibility and Application Procedures

The PTBi fellowship is open to US citizens and permanent residents. Fellows must have a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DNP, DrPH, ScD) and cannot hold a concurrent faculty position.

We aim to admit two to three qualified candidates each cycle. Applications open in July and will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the positions are filled.