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Application Process

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2022 cycle, a two-year program that commences on August 1, 2020 and ends on July 31, 2022. For consideration in the 2020-2022 program, applications must be received by February 15th, 2020.

How to Apply

The purpose of the FAVOR T32 training grant is to provide two years of funding for surgery residents (post-doctoraltrainees) with a strong interest in transplant surgery, to prepare them for translational research careers using state of the art tools to study allo- and heterologous immune mechanisms pertinent to solid organ transplant injury and acceptance. Trainees will receive in-depth training in translational research to prepare them for careers as academic transplant surgeons. 


Post-doctoral surgery residents, US Trained

Application Cycle and Selection Dates

Two year program starting annually on August 1st

Please submit your application and supporting documentation no later than February 15th of the year you wish to begin your training. For external applicants, applications are due no later than November 15th the year prior to the year you wish to begin your training so that we can work with you to identify appropriate mentors.

Selection Process

The Department of Surgery Research Committee and the training grant’s Steering Committee independently review the applications. Constructive criticism of applications from both reviewing bodies is considered an essential first step in the training program. Final decisions will be decided by the Steering Committee.

Responses will be sent out in May, and offers will be extended in June.  

Submitting Your Application

Please submit the following documents to

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume 
  • Letters of Recommendation per the instructions below
  • Favor T32 Initial Proposal Application

    Note to External candidates: You may not know your mentors at the time of your submission, but we will work with you to identify appropriate mentors. Your proposal will be a working document.

Overview and Coursework

Trainees in the proposed program will devote ≥90% time effort to research for 2 years, guided by 2 mentors selected from Core Faculty Member list, with one mentor from the CRT core (clinical PI) and one mentor from the SRT core (scientific PI) to develop their research career in the dual bench/bedside model for translational research. Candidates selected for interview will meet with potential mentors to specifically discuss potential research interests. The goal is to achieve a well-defined research plan prior to the start of training so that research activities can proceed without delay. During the 2 years of training, trainees will be expected to submit at least 2 manuscripts by the time they graduate from the program.

Trainees will be expected to complete a series of formal, outlined base curriculum coursework concurrent with mentored clinical-translational research projects. Trainees will be provided a unique experience of attending a series of FAVOR T32 immersion workshops, the SCRW Summer Workshop which covers designing clinical research, statistics and data management, a scientific writing course, and a biostatistical methods course. Additional courses and seminars will be encouraged as appropriate. Graduates of the proposed training are expected to be on their way to independence as physician-investigators, ready to compete for and secure extramural funding to support a research program upon becoming an academic transplant surgeon. 

Favor T32 Formal Training in Translational Research provides links and information on the courses available. This can be utilized to create an outline of curriculum coursework adding up to 100 hours per year. The courses under the base curriculum are required, while the specialized training elective courses are to be chosen at the mentee’s discretion towards the best fit to the project.

 One position every year will recruit candidates that are interested in pursuing any one of these available degree programs at UCSF:

  • Designing Clinical Research (1 month)
  • Advanced Training In Clinical Research Certificate Program (ATCR) (1 year)
  • Master’s in Clinical Research (2 years; candidates interested in this program will be identified prior to starting the fellowship)
  • Modern Methods in Drug Discovery (5 weeks)
  • Idea to IPO (course in bio entrepreneurship, 12 weeks)
  • Translational Challenges: Diagnostics, Devices &Therapeutics (12 weeks)
  • Master’s in Translational Medicine (1 year)
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