This fellowship is a 2-year program that is aimed at training physicians and psychologist in conducting research towards the understanding of the biological underpinnings of mental disorders. The field of Neuroscience has evolved dramatically over the past 20 years. Methods are now available that enables researchers to study the living brain from a macroscopic to microscopic scale. But there is still much to learn about the neurobiological basis of mental disorders.

During the two years of fellowship, experienced faculty from the Department of Psychiatry and from the UCSD Campus work together to provide fellows with tools and techniques to ask compelling questions focused on the neurobiology of mental disorders. The aim is to train fellows in improving their presentation skills, work on grant-writing, and manuscript-writing, and suggest possible collaborations for future studies. The fellowship can be seen as a springboard towards an academic career in psychiatry. Many of the past fellows are currently in tenure-track academic positions across the country. The fellowship directors are always looking for candidates and enjoy working with the future leaders in the field of biological psychiatry.

Pertinent Info

Deadline: February 1
Decisions: April 1
Accept By: April 15
Begins: June 30
Salary: NIH Postdoctoral Scale

Application Materials

  • Up-to-date CV
    2-page "Specific Aims" of your proposed research project
    3 letters of recommendation, including one from your research mentor

About the Fellowship

Applicants may be in the process of finishing their doctoral degree when they apply to the program, but must complete all requirements for their degree before joining the Fellowship. Most of the successful applicants to our program hold a PhD degree, either as their sole advanced degree, or from an MD-PhD combined-degree program. However, we also encourage applications from MD?s who do not hold a PhD, but who have a strong commitment to training in research directed toward establishing an academic career. Fellows holding an MD degree typically have completed their clinical training in psychiatry and begin the program in their PGY-V year. The Fellowship strongly encourages applicants from minorities under-represented in academic medicine.

The deadline for application to the Fellowship for the upcoming fiscal year is February 1; however, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Many fellows begin June 30 but positions can be filled as openings arise.

Application materials are as follows:

  • Up-to-date CV
  • 2-page "Specific Aims" of your proposed research project
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your research mentor
    • The letter from your mentor should state their willingness to support your research in their lab, and to pay for your UCSD benefits from a non-federal funding source for the 2 years of the fellowship.

After your completed application has been received, you will be notified if you qualify for an interview. Positions are offered by April 1. A firm acceptance of the offer is due by April 15. The minimum salary is NIH postdoctoral scale, but supplementation is frequently available and is negotiated with individual research mentors. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

More information can be found at:

Interested parties should contact:

Martin Paulus, MD

Sharyn Kilpatrick
Program Coordinator


University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: