Application Process

The application process for the 2025-2027 cycle is now open!

Interested applicants submit a single application to indicate interest for one or multiple NCSP sites.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the National Clinician Scholars program, applicants must be:

  • MDs, DOs, or RNs with a doctoral degree (PhD or DNP)
  • Committee to a career in serving as change agents to improve health and health care
  • Highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training
  • In completion of the clinical requirements allowing for independent clinical work by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons; due to the structure of the "research years" in the middle of many surgical residencies, surgical residents who will be PGY-3 or higher are eligible to enroll in the program)
  • In completion of the doctorate by the date of entry into the program, if a nurse
  • Within 5 years of having completed clinical training at the time of application, if a physician, and within 5 years of having completed the doctoral degree, if a nurse (in other words, to be eligible to apply for the 2025-2027 NCSP cohort, applicants must have completed their clinical training or doctoral degree in the year 2019 or later) 
  • Eligible for or already have a medical license, if a physician
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application (Funding for people who are neither United States citizens nor permanent residents can be difficult. If you are neither, please contact a program director at the site(s) to which you are interested in applying.)

Selection Process

Applicants are chosen based on a match process similar to the one conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). By September 30, 2024, applicants must indicate their desired site(s) in order of preference.  Notice of acceptance will be provided personally by one of UCSF’s Program Directors in November. Selected Scholars will start their training at UCSF on July 1, 2025.

Please visit our FAQs page for more information about the NCSP fellowship.