Post-Doctoral studies are arranged by individual request depending upon specific areas of interest and availability of resources within those areas.
Ample and attractive opportunities exist for scholarly pursuits in research, teaching, administration, and clinical work. Some of these opportunities are listed below, others are arranged through contact with specific members of the faculty.
Post-Doctoral Program Requirements
Post-Doctoral studies offer the doctorally-prepared nurse or allied health professional an opportunity to pursue scholarly interests in areas of specialized content, including research, methodology, and theory development. An individualized curriculum is designed in collaboration with a sponsoring faculty member from one of the four departments in the School of Nursing: Family Health Care Nursing, Community Health Systems, Physiological Nursing, or Social and Behavioral Sciences.
This curriculum is determined by the availability of senior faculty and the interests of the applicant, and may include the auditing of courses in the School of Nursing.
Although accepted at UC San Francisco, the Scholar-in-Residence is not officially enrolled but attends through special arrangement. There is no academic credit or official transcript, although a certificate is provided upon completion of study.
In addition to enrollment in the Post-Doctoral program, individuals whose period of study is a minimum of one year, and who are funded by a fellowship, grant, or traineeship, should explore the possibility of an appointment as a Post-Doctoral Scholar in the UCSF Graduate Division.
To apply to the UCSF School of Nursing Post-Doctoral program, download, print, and complete the application form (PDF format) from the link below. International (non-US) applicants must also complete the financial supplement form. Mail your completed forms to the address at the bottom of this web page. Adobe/Acrobat Reader software or equivalent is required for PDFs.
- Post-Doctoral Application Form: postdocapp.pdf
- International Financial Supplement Form: postdocintl.pdf
An option to the Post-Doctoral Special Studies program is to visit the School of Nursing. Visits require special advance arrangements. Every attempt will be made to accomodate your requests. Duration of the visit may vary from a day or two to a month. For visits beyond two days, the fee is $185/day or $900/week.
Some postdocs receive funding through "T32" Institutional Training Awards from the National Institute of Nursing Research. These awards support research training to prepare scientists for careers in behavioral and biomedical research.
Funding for individual post-doctoral fellowships can be sought through governmental sources.
The Pew Memorial Trust annually funds a very limited number of postdoctoral (and predoctoral) scholars interested in advanced work in health policy research. The Pew program is jointly administered by the Institute for Health & Aging (UCSF School of Nursing) and the Institute for Health Policy Studies (UCSF School of Medicine). Recruitment of fellows is done nationally. For further information, telephone 415-476-5902 or fax 415-476-1253.
The University of California offers the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship, designed to attract groups traditionally underrepresented to academic careers and to enhance their prospects for appointment to faculty positions at the University of California and other institutions of higher education. The program offers fellows financial support for one academic year and mentoring and counseling toward advancement of postdocs' academic careers.
The fellowship includes a $35,000 stipend, health benefits, and up to $4,000 for research-related expenses. The University will also reimburse intercampus expenses when fellows participate in conferences, or present their research in seminars or departmental meetings--activities that are strongly encouraged. Recipients of the fellowship will be notified in March. Details and applications are available at the UC President's web site.
For more information regarding postdoctoral studies, please contact:
UCSF School of Nursing
Office of Academic Programs
2 Koret Way, Ste. N-331B, Box 0604
San Francisco, CA 94143-0604 USA
Telephone: 415-476-2595 or Fax: 415-476-9707