Application Process

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

The application process for the 2020-2021 cycle is now closed. We will begin accepting new applications in the spring of 2021. We are aware of the challenges faced by many applicants during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to assisting candidates with the application process, including flexibility that may be needed throughout for the coming months.

Interviews will be held from August 31 to October 2, 2020. The format of interviews will be determined based on shelter-in-place restrictions likely during that time period.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • MDs 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)
  • 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 2021-2023 NCSP cohort, applicants must have completed their clinical training or doctoral degree in the year 2015 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

Selection Process

Applicants are chosen based on a match process similar to the one conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). By October 6, 2020, 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, 2021.

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