Emerging Scholars Exchange Program


2018-2019 Call for Applications: Emerging Scholars Exchange Program

Applications for the 2018 - 2019 cycle are now complete.
Please check back to this webpage for the due dates for the 2019 - 2020 cycle.

"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

"(The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program) exceeded my expectations. The conversations I had helped me to think about my research program in more enhanced ways, and it resulted in both research collaborations and increased mentorship opportunities.""
Minal Patel, PhD, MPH, 2017-2018 IHPI Emerging Scholar

Email application materials to Beth Thew: [email protected]

Application Requirements
Completed application* includes:

  1. 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. 2-3 proposed presentation titles including a brief description of each.
  3. CV

* When submitting your application, please enter "2018 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.


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.

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 2019.

Eligible Faculty
  • UCSF early career faculty**, typically the first two to four years as assistant professor in any series.
  • Have a robust health services research portfolio to discuss, but have not yet submitted a promotion packet.

** Emerging scholar exchange candidates must be an assistant professor in one of the following series: ladder rank, in residence, health sciences clinical, or adjunct. Faculty in the professor of clinical X series are not eligible for the program.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not already had multiple invited speaking opportunities at other universities.

Criteria for selection

  • Quality/robustness of health services research portfolio
  • Novelty of proposed presentation ideas
  • Fit between proposed work and hosting institutions
  • Balance of disciplines across scholars
  • Case for why this opportunity is important for their professional development

Selected speakers will be notified by November 16, 2018. 

All travel expenses will be covered by the hosting institutions; there will be NO honoraria provided for speakers. Presentations will take place between February - May 2019.

Questions? Contact Daniel Dohan, PhD: [email protected]