The UCSF Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT) Postdoctoral Training Program is a research-intensive, two-year training experience that prepares clinician-scientists to become leaders in clinical pharmacology research within academia, industry, and government. The program seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Clinical pharmacology, in the broadest sense, encompasses:

  • Drug discovery
  • Clinical development
  • Regulatory issues
  • Therapeutic use and individualization of drug therapy
  • Optimization of drug dosage regimens
  • An understanding of drug-induced toxicity
  • Measures to prevent or minimize adverse effects of drugs.

Fellows will:

  • Participate in mentored research
  • Learn via interdisciplinary didactics in clinical pharmacology
  • Gain exposure to scientific and ethical issues in research and development
  • Present and publish results of scholarly work.

The program meets the fellowship training expectations set forth by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology (ABCP) and is a registered member of ABCP. We anticipate that 80 percent of our graduates will obtain board certification in clinical pharmacology.

Fellowship funding comes from National Institute of General Medical Sciences and National Institute of Child Health and Development T32 training grants as well as the UCSF School of Pharmacy Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Dean’s Office.

Key highlights

  • Participate in clinical pharmacology-related research (75% to 80%)
  • Patient care (up to 20%)
  • MD fellows will provide clinical service in their subspecialty area
  • PharmD fellows will provide direct patient care through planned UCSF clinical pharmacy service
  • Biweekly, interdisciplinary didactics based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Principles of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Quarterly research seminar focused on multidisciplinary, collaborative, basic, and clinical research
  • Responsible conduct of research training
  • Individualized training plan
  • Present and publish results of scholarly work


  • MD or PharmD from an accredited university or equivalent
  • MDs must be board-certified
  • PharmDs must be eligible for licensure in California by July 1, 2024 and obtain licensure
  • Priority will be given to candidates with residency training in their early postdoctoral years
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ethics, professionalism
  • Appointees must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.


July 1, 2023 Application filing period opens
October 15, 2023 Application filing period closes/LORs due
Oct-Nov 2023 Applications reviewed and interviews conducted
Nov-Dec 2023 Recipients notified
July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2026 Fellowship period

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Centralized Fellowship Application Form, which will allow you to submit one application for multiple fellowship programs under the UCSF School of Pharmacy:

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Please be prepared to:

  1. Enter your personal information
  2. Enter your Statement of Interest (1000 word max)
  3. Upload a PDF of your CV (5 pages max)
  4. Upload a single PDF of your professional/graduate school transcripts (unofficial ok)
  5. Confirm that you have requested Letters of Recommendation from three individuals (LORs due 10/15/2023 for the CPT Fellowship)
  6. Provide the names and contact information for your three letter writers