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  Meet Our 2021 Postdoctoral Research Fellows!

Our Postdoctoral Fellowship offers diverse educational and research opportunities, including a grant writing seminar, graduate research positions, advocacy training, and individualized documents training. Our work spans policy and historical research, economics, and science. Fellows are recruited from a variety of fields including the basic sciences, social sciences, public health practitioners, clinical fields, political science, history, economics, law, and marketing.

The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to join the next generation of academic leaders in tobacco control. Upon completion of training, fellows will be well positioned to be active participants in crucial policy debates about the future development and implementation of tobacco control interventions.  The program offers supervised research experience in tobacco control with the Center faculty. Each trainee meets regularly with a faculty mentor regarding research progress and career or professional issues.

Fellowship stipends range from $53,000 - $64,000, depending on years of postdoctoral experience. See information below to apply. 

Center Postdoctoral Training Program Earns Perfect Score (10) from NIH


An emphasis on cross-discipline, creative thinking around tobacco issues is a core feature of the training. The mentor pool is exceptionally strong and offers fellows diverse options. The leadership of this training program … appears to be superlative. It is evident that there is a significant level of institutional commitment to the program. Overall, this is an exceptional program.

National Institues of Health

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  • Tobacco Control Policy Issues Course
  • Cancer Center Tobacco Seminar
  • Writing Seminar
  • Health Policy Seminar
  • Tobacco Policy Research Group Meetings   

 Tobacco Control Policy Fellows can also take courses in the following UCSF training programs:

  • Adolescent Medicine Training Program
  • Institute for Health Policy Studies, Health Services Research and Policy Analysis Training Program
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Training Program
  • Psychology and Medicine Postdoctoral Training Program
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine
  • Medical Information Sciences
  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute

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Review requirements below and submit your application with all supporting documents using our online form.

  • Application word document 
  • Two writing samples of papers you have written as the single or primary author.  Copies should be single-spaced and unbound to facilitate copying by the Selection Committee.  If you have published, please list your publications on page 5 of this application.
  • A two-page statement of purpose.  Please explain your interest in tobacco research or tobacco industry documents, your research experience, and a summary of career objectives.  Include your goals and reasons for applying to this program. 
  • Trainee Applicant Information Form, which upon upload is automatically returned solely to the UCSF Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity
  • Three letters of reference. For confidentiality, please have your references email these to the Program Coordinator ([email protected]), who will attach them to your application.
  • If you need assistance filling out the application, please email us at [email protected]


Doctorate degree must be completed prior to joining the fellowship.