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 or MD/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: Daniel Dohan, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine & Deputy Director
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 fellows in the Primary Care Research Fellowship who are 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, with a group of six faculty providing dedicated guidance. UCSF is comprised of a large and diverse research faculty with a wide variety of areas of expertise. UCSF research faculty direct several active cohort studies, quality improvement programs, educational research studies and large secondary databases from a variety of sources that can be utilized by fellows to efficiently answer research questions.

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. The program and site directors 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 interest and expertise. We place great emphasis on finding a good "match" between the fellow and the mentor that includes not only a common research interest, but a complementary style that will foster the most productive working relationship.

Works in Progress

The weekly fellowship seminar (known as the Work-In-Progress session or 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

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Dohan for further information. To apply, applicants should send the following materials.

  1. Your current CV
  2. 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.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. 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.
  5. Please e-mail the CV, writing sample and statement of interest to Eva Lo, the Fellowship Coordinator. The letters of recommendation may be sent via e-mail or by mail or fax.

Eva Lo
Philip R. Lee Health Policy Fellowship Coordinator
Division of General Internal Medicine
San Francisco General Hospital
Box 1364
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA. 94143-1364
Tel: 415-206-5164
Fax: 415-206-5586
[email protected]

Please direct any questions to PRL Fellowship Director Daniel Dohan ([email protected]).


The application cycle for academic year 2020-21 closed on December 31, 2019, and we are not accepting applications at this time.
We anticipate updating this site for AY 2021-22 in summer 2020. Please check back.

Selected candidate will be invited for interviews. Prospective candidates will meet with the fellowship director and with faculty member(s) at UCSF with similar research interests. Candidates will also attend the weekly fellows Work-In-Progress session and will 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.