Fellowships: Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the current year. Please contact the program coordinator for information on 2019 opportunities.

Predoctoral Research Fellowships

The goal of the predoctoral fellowship is to support medical students (who are taking a research year) or PhD students in relevant fields in the biological or social sciences in pursuing an intensive period of research activity and research training at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Pre-doctoral fellows work closely with a research mentor at the Osher Center, typically to develop work that is based on an existing research program. We encourage potential applicants to contact research faculty with whom they are interested in working, in order to develop a planned research project to be performed during the fellowship period.

The UCSF Osher Center offers one-year predoctoral research fellowships. Predoctoral fellows must be enrolled in a qualifying PhD or MD/DO program, and be able to devote themselves full time to the fellowship. Fellows receive a stipend of $22,476 in addition to tuition for related coursework.

Application Process

The call for applications for the 2018-19 school year is now closed. If you would like to be notified regarding the application process or fellowship logistics for future years, please contact Yvette Coulter, Program Coordinator.

Application to the program is a two-step process. During the open call, candidates complete a brief application form, along with a one-page personal statement and CV. Top applicants are subsequently invited to submit a project abstract.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is committed to searching for the most effective treatments for patients by combining both conventional and complementary approaches that address all aspects of health and wellness—biological, psychological, social, and spiritual.

The Center has three major programs: research, education, and patient care, all focused on integrative medicine. In the summer of 2007, the Osher Center initiated a new, federally funded program that encompasses all three of these areas: postdoctoral fellowships for training in clinical research in integrative medicine (TRIM). This interdisciplinary program is designed for physicians, behavioral and social scientists, and doctoral level CAM practitioners. The program includes required seminars and formal course work, individual mentoring, research and creative activity, elective seminars and classes, teaching, and a number of optional activities.


TRIM postdoctoral fellowships are open to individuals with doctoral degrees (e.g., MD, PhD, DO, ND). In order to qualify for this federally funded grant, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national or a foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent U.S. residence. A temporary or student visa is not acceptable for this grant. At this time, we are unable to consider applications from any individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Application Process

The call for applications for the 2018-’19 school year is now closed. If you would like to be notified regarding the application process or fellowship logistics for future years, please contact Yvette Coulter, Program Coordinator.

For detailed salary and benefit information, please see the Terms of Employment (PDF).

Program Description

Our integrative medicine research training program provides:

  • An interdisciplinary clinical and research environment that brings together physicians, credentialed CAM practitioners, behavioral scientists, social scientists, ethicists, and health services researchers.
  • Exposure to diverse complementary and integrative approaches to patient care for all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
  • Access to practitioners with clinical expertise in CAM and integrative approaches to care.
  • Access to advanced training in biological and psychological research methodologies to support clinical research in CAM and integrative medicine.
  • Academic training in clinical research. All program participants are encouraged to complete the UCSF Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program.
  • Opportunity to conduct original research.
  • Training in research ethics.
  • Mentoring by an experienced and diverse research faculty.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF includes an active (400+ patient visits/month) clinical practice. The integrative practitioners serve as clinical advisors to the TRIM trainees in the development of clinical aspects of their research.

Trainees are encouraged to take advantage of UCSF’s strengths in the basic sciences to gain in-depth knowledge of biological science methodologies relevant to their research. An important goal is to have trainees learn how to choose the most appropriate techniques for the measurement and analysis of biological markers and outcomes, how to assess reliability, and how to understand potential strengths and weaknesses of the techniques. Similarly, trainees who want to measure psychosocial variables and have not had previous training will have the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the evaluation of the reliability and validity of psychosocial measures and the potential weaknesses and strengths of such measures.

For general information about being a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, please visit the UCSF Graduate Division Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.


The T32 faculty consists of members representing diverse disciplines. The program also has Clinical Advisory Faculty to advise trainees regarding integrative approaches that may be relevant to the trainees’ research.

Fellowship Directors:

T-32 Core Faculty:

  • Ashley Mason, PhD
    Food-craving experiences
    Reward-based eating
    Stress-induced eating
  • Helen Weng, PhD
    Social neuroscience
    Functional MRI, mindfulness, and compassion meditation interventions
  • Anand Dhruva, MD
    Whole systems of medicine
    Cancer supportive care

T-32 Affiliated Faculty:

  • Anne Lown, DrPH
    Effects of poverty on health. Psycho-social consequences of trauma

Contact Information

Yvette Coulter
Program Coordinator, TRIM Program
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
UCSF Box 1726, San Francisco, CA 94143-1726
Phone: 415-353-7991
E-mail: yvette.coulter@ucsf.edu

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