CTSI TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

PLEASE NOTE: This program is ending effective 06/30/2021 and is no longer accepting applications.

The CTSI TL1 postdoctoral fellowship seeks to train exceptional postdoctoral fellows and provide them with the methodologic, analytic, leadership and team science skills required to conduct transformative early translational research. Qualified clinical fellows and PhD postdoctoral fellows will receive advanced didactic training relevant to the conduct of translation research, support from senior mentors and peers in the conduct of their research through regular works-in-progress sessions, a faculty seminar series focused on translational research, and career development support through one-on-one mentoring from established translational investigators as well as other structured activities. Fellows will receive a stipend commensurate to the PGY/postdoctoral fellow status, as well as tuition assistance for didactic training and support for travel to scientific meetings.

The postdoctoral fellowship is a one-year fellowship with the option to re-apply for a second year. Applicants will likely be part of an existing postdoctoral fellowship program at UCSF and elect to join the CTSI TL1 postdoc fellows. Postdoctoral fellows being recruited to UCSF can also apply to join the program. Clinical fellows typically will be in the research portion of their fellowship with an interest in translational and precision health research. PhD postdoctoral fellows will typically be members of basic or translational science laboratories with an interest in pursuing translational research.

We seek to recruit five clinical fellows (MD or MD/PhD) and five PhD postdoctoral fellows.

Application Materials

  • Cover page/online application: Please include your name and contact information, title of proposal and reason(s) for wanting to complete the fellowship, including information on your career goals and why this particular fellowship is important for achieving these goals. Also provide names of people on your mentoring team, including the name of a clinical mentor (as relevant). Please also submit demographic data. While this is not a requirement, it helps us provide important information to the NIH.
  • Research plan: Please to adhere to NIH guidelines for formatting and font size and include the following sections. There is a three-page limit (PDF attachment): 

- Specific Aims
- Background and Significance
- Preliminary Data
- Experimental Plan, including a discussion of potential problems, pitfalls and alternate hypotheses
- References (These do not count toward the three-page limit.)

  • Training plan: Up to one page. Please detail coursework you want to complete as part of the fellowship. This courswork can be completed at UCSF, including the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program, or coursework/scientific training conducted at other institutions and/or research courses/training provided by third parties (for example, a Cold Spring Harbor course). Clinical fellows without other advanced degrees are strongly encouraged to complete the Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) certificate. Those with a PhD may choose coursework that is tailored to their research needs and augments their existing training, including the ACTR certificate if appropriate. (PDF attachment)
  • Letter of support from your primary mentor (PDF attachment)
  • Clinical responsibilities: Please provide a detailed description of any clinical responsibilities you will have during the fellowship. Fellows are expected to work full time, defined as a 40-hour work week, on their fellowship project and fellowship-associated activities.
  • CV 


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Current UCSF postdoc, clinical fellow, resident or postdoctoral fellow being recruited to UCSF who will begin a fellowship at the time of or before this grant mechanism begins
  • Fellows who have previously been on institutional or individual NRSA grants are eligible only if they had not already completed three years of funding through these mechanisms.

The CTSI TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship is led by Kamran Atabai, MD