Genentech Fellowship Program at UCSF


Made possible by the Genentech Foundation, the competitive predoctoral fellowships support eligible students in their biomedical research. 


  • PhD students entering the third or fourth year of study
  • No citizenship requirements
  • Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: Bioengineering, Biological and Medical Informatics, Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics, TETRAD


  • Ten awards in 2018-19 academic year
  • $34,000 stipend over a twelve-month period (September-August)
  • The award does not include tuition or fees
  • The award is not renewable


Each nomination will require a research proposal in addition to the letter of recommendation and CV. The research proposal, maximum of two pages including figures and citations, minimum 10 pt. font, should contain:

  • A clear statement of the question being addressed in the student's thesis research, stressing the significance to the field and biomedical research at large
  • A succinct summary of research goals accomplished to date, including publications (no abstracts)
  • A concise research proposal that is expected to link to and build upon the student's progress to date. Successful proposals will describe the path from current work towards addressing and solving novel and important questions. Risk-taking and out-of-the-box thinking are encouraged
  • A realistic timeline of the proposed work that takes into account the student's plans for timely graduation


About the Donor

The Genentech Foundation is a U.S.-based private charitable foundation. Established in 2002 by Genentech, the Foundation is charged with identifying and supporting select organizations whose missions and outreach align with their funding priorities, which include health science education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Jeremy Bancroft Brown – Bioengineering
Leah Dorman – Neuroscience
Emily Jones – Biomedical Sciences
Madeline Keenen – Tetrad
Megan Lo – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Hsuan Lung – Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Erin Poss – Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Michael Reitman – Neuroscience
Karen Ruiz – Tetrad
Shohini Sen – Bioengineering
Paul Thomas – Biophysics
Ryan Tibble – Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Melissa Truong – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Tarja Yvanka De Soysa – Biomedical Sciences
Garrett Gaskins – Biological and Medical Informatics
Zairan Liu – Biophysics
Perry Spratt – Neuroscience
Diana Summers – Tetrad
Jinny Sun – Bioengineering
Jasper Williams – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Christopher Zimmerman – Neuroscience

To learn more about how this and other internal fellowships are awarded, visit the Internal Fellowships page.

Pictured above, l-r: Garrett Gaskins, Zairan Liu, Diana Summers, Jasper Williams, Tarja Yvanka De Soysa, Chris Zimmerman, Jinny Sun. (Photo by Jeannine Cuevas)