Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship


This competitive fellowship aims to improve student research skills and support dissertation-related research through faculty mentoring. Faculty mentors are expected to assist students with research leading to the development of a doctoral dissertation.


  • Continuing PhD students of demonstrated potential
  • Entering their second through sixth year of study
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB 540
  • May be in any graduate academic program
  • Former fellowship recipients may be nominated for an additional year of support
  • Indicate an interest in an academic career in research and teaching

and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Experience of situations or conditions that impeded advancing to graduate study, such as the absence of a family member who attended college; matriculation at a school with poor financial or curricular support; having a disability; having worked long hours while attending school; or
  • Academic research interests focusing on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect educationally disadvantaged segments of society; or
  • Evidence of an intention to use the doctoral degree toward serving educationally under-represented segments of society.

Programs are encouraged to nominate underrepresented minorities, students with physical challenges, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds who are underrepresented in graduate student and faculty populations.

Required Nomination Documents/Information

  • Statement of Interest (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • Formatted CV (5 MB limit, PDF file in CV template format)
  • Unofficial UCSF Transcript (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • Faculty Letter (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • PI/Advisor Name


  • Two awards
  • $10,000 stipend divided equally over a twelve month period, September-August
  • Resident tuition and fees



Sheyda Aboii – Medical Anthropology
Sirena Gutierrez – Epidemiology and Translational Science


Leandrew Allen Dailey ‒ Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Christina L. Keny ‒ Nursing

Learn more about how this and other internal fellowships are awarded.