Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


The Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research fellowships  (PBBR) will support UCSF postdocs who wish to explore Biomedical research directions that are not directly linked to the research interests of their postdoctoral mentor and require the engagement of an additional collaborator or co-mentor. Up to 14 fellowships will be awarded to provide funding for one year.

The Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research is currently in its remarkable eighteenth year. Investigators credit the Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research with engendering over $1.2 billion in subsequent grant funding, projects and their derivatives have resulted in over 2,000 scientific publications and dozens of patents.


  • UCSF postdoctoral scholars currently in a PIBS, BMS, or QBC laboratory or UCSF postdoctoral scholars who propose a collaborative project with a PIBS, BMS, or QBC laboratory
  • Fellow must name a co-mentor/collaborator who is not their current mentor. The co mentor/collaborator does not have to be a UCSF faculty member if the fellow currently works in a PIBS, BMS, or QBC laboratory.
  • The funds must be used to support research that is distinct from work of the postdoctoral fellow’s mentor.
  • As of July 1, 2015, the UCSF postdoctoral scholars must have been in a UCSF laboratory one year or longer, but no more than 5 years.
  • PBBR funds can only be used while a postdoctoral scholar is affiliated with UCSF.
  • Although applicants who have previously held a PBBR Fellowship are permitted to apply, preference will be given to first-time applicants.
  • Postdoctoral scholars who have been awarded a career transition fellowship (e.g. K99, Burroughs Wellcome) are not eligible for the PBBR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

How to apply:

Interested candidates can download the application, complete it and can submit on-line with the following material

  • Project description
  • Applicant’s NIH Biosketch- does not exceed 2 pages.
  • Budget describing how the $15,000 research allowance will be used.
  • A letter of support from the postdoctoral scholar’s mentor.
  • A letter of support from the co-mentor/collaborating scientist that describes his/her role on the project.

Application deadline:

Interested candidates can be apply till  May 29, 2015.


$15,000 research allowance will be given for research supplies, meetings, courses, and other research expenses.

Link to Apply:

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