Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship

The Philip R. Lee (PRL) Health Policy Fellowship provides post-doctoral training for highly-qualified individuals with a PhD, MD/PhD, or RN/PhD in the social and behavioral sciences, public health, public policy, and related fields.

Based at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), the PRL Fellowship aims to prepare the next generation to accomplish high-impact health services/policy research.

Fellowship Director: Krista Harrison, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Associate Director for Training
UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

We emphasize tangible research goals.

UCSF is a health sciences campus. Our institution emphasizes team-based, interdisciplinary research that impacts policy and practice. Fellows will be guided by health policy faculty at IHPS and will also learn through joint training activities with UCSF clinical fellows developing clinician-investigator careers. Fellows advance and develop their own research agendas within this dynamic environment of didactics and practice.

We are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Studies show that the strongest predictor of success during fellowship is a dedicated research mentor. Mentorship is available throughout UCSF, and IHPS faculty provide dedicated guidance. UCSF is comprised of a large and diverse research faculty with a wide variety of areas of expertise – including cohort and quality improvement studies, survey research and analyses of administrative data such as Medicare/Medicaid, qualitative studies and implementation science, and analysis of electronic health records.

We believe that the single most important aspect of a health policy fellowship is the experience of designing and conducting research projects under the guidance of a dedicated and outstanding mentor. We begin the process of identifying suitable research mentors for each candidate during the interview process and make every effort to expose each candidate to a variety of faculty members with similar interests and expertise. We place great emphasis on finding a good match between the fellow and the mentor that includes a common research interest as well as a complementary style that will foster the most productive working relationship.

Works in Progress

Our works in progress (WIP) provides an opportunity for fellows to present their research and progress to their peers and an interdisciplinary group of faculty in a supportive environment. These sessions allow fellows to both learn from and teach their peers, and the environment is relaxed and open; all types and levels of questions are encouraged.


The PRL Fellowship is supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Fellows stipends conform with UCSF's guidelines for post-doctoral scholar compensation. The program also provides support for program-related travel and tuition support for fellows for whom an additional degree may be appropriate.

Application Process

To apply, applicants should send the following materials to Juliana Fung (

  • Your current CV
  • A 1.5-2 page statement of interest that describes your past work in health policy research and how and why you feel the PRL Health Policy Fellowship will advance your career.
  • A writing sample. The writing sample should represent your work, not that of a team on which you worked. Typically writing samples are first-authored or solo authored manuscripts or dissertation chapters.
  • Letters from, or contact information, for references will be requested of finalist candidates.


Selected candidates will be invited for interviews (conducted remotely via Zoom). Prospective candidates will meet with the fellowship director and with faculty member(s) at UCSF with similar research interests. Candidates will also have the opportunity to attend a weekly fellows WIP session and have an opportunity to meet informally with fellows to discuss specifics of the program. Our goal is to expose potential candidates to the full scope and atmosphere of the fellowship. The directors and current fellows will be more than happy to discuss questions before or after the interview day.

Please direct any questions to PRL Fellowship Director Krista Harrison.


Applications will be accepted in Fall, 2022.  Please check back for details.