Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program is designed to provide career development opportunities for UCSF early career faculty via invited presentations at prestigious peer universities. Through the Exchange Program, early career faculty will have the opportunity to develop relationships with potential research collaborators, mentors, and sponsors; hone their oral presentation skills; and bolster their CVs as they prepare for promotion.

“The Emerging Scholars Program provided an amazing opportunity from a few standpoints. First, it gave me the chance to travel to another university where there are a lot of well-known people who do work in my area. I was able to meet in-person with several esteemed scholars in my field, which helped expand my own network. Not only did some of the conversations provide excellent feedback for some of my ongoing work, but I am also hopeful that several of those contacts will translate into collaboration and networking opportunities in the future. I also had the chance to put together a more comprehensive presentation that provided a larger overview of my research in a more narrative format. This helped me to get a better understanding of the context of my own work, and I am now using this presentation as the basis of other talks that go beyond the typical one-off research presentations at conferences.”

Rita Hamad, MD, PhD, 2018-2019 PRL-IHPS Emerging Scholar

“The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program provided me with an experience rarely afforded to junior faculty - the opportunity to engage in substantive discussions about my research, meet potential collaborators, and hear new ideas from faculty outside my home institution. The program has had lasting effects on my research and my career.” 

Grace Lin, MD, 2017-2018 PRL-IHPS Emerging Scholar

Program Components

Two Emerging Scholars from UCSF will be selected to give a presentation at one of our partner institutions: the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute and the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. In exchange, scholars from these universities will be selected to present at UCSF.

Presentations will take place between February – May, 2023.  We hope to offer the visits in-person but there is a likelihood that the visits will take place virtually depending on COVID travel restrictions.

Application Requirements


  • ELIGIBLE FACULTY: UCSF early career faculty*, typically within the first two to four years as assistant
  • Have a robust health services research portfolio to discuss, but have not yet submitted a promotion packet

* Emerging scholar exchange candidates must be assistant professor in any faculty series. Preference will be given to applicants who have not already had multiple invited speaking opportunities at other universities.

Completed application* includes:

  • Statement of interest (no more than 500 words) from the applicant describing why he/she wants to be an Emerging Scholar, and why this opportunity is important for his/her professional development.
  • 2-3 proposed presentation titles including a brief description of each.
  • CV

*When submitting your application, please enter "2023 Emerging Scholars Application" in the email subject.

Applicants will undergo a two-stage selection/matching process. First, a UCSF selection committee will review all applications and select 4 potential speakers. This list of potential speakers will then be sent to the partner institutions, which will rank the scholars in their order of preference for an invited lecture. From these rankings, UCSF will match two scholars with either the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.
Email application materials to Beth Thew: (beth.thew@ucsf.edu). 

2022 Emerging Scholars

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF Scholars selected:

Tasce Bongiovanni, MD, MPP visited University of Michigan, Intitute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

Elaine Khoong, MD, MS visited University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies hosted:

Elham Mahmoudi, PhD from the University of Michigan, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH from the University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute