The UC Davis School of Medicine seeks applications from Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.V.M./Ph.D. students, and from postdoctoral and clinical fellows interested in participating in the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Stem Cell Training Program (pdf). The objective of this program is to develop highly skilled, critically thinking, and collaborative scientists with successful independent research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

The training program provides a stipend for one year to selected graduate students and fellows and includes mentored research projects, a core curriculum including leadership training, journal clubs and a seminar series, and an annual retreat. Graduate student appointments and postdoctoral and clinical fellow appointments may be extended for up to two additional years for graduate students and one additional year for fellows, contingent upon trainee participation and progress.  The training program funds up to 16 candidates (six graduate students, six postdoctoral fellows, and four clinical fellows).

Eligibility criteria

Graduate students: Must be currently enrolled to a graduate program at UC Davis or UC Merced, show strong evidence of interest in stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine and identification of faculty mentor.

Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellows: Current or prospective fellows with evidence of a background and strong research interest in stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine, and identification of a faculty mentor.

Application process

Calls will be posted annually.

Complete the application form in response to a specific call for applications. Download the application form (doc) and follow all directions.

  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Identification of a faculty mentor, a supporting letter indicating willingness to mentor and resources and environment available, and mentor’s NIH Biosketch.
  • Postdoctoral and clinical fellows must include a one-page summary of previous research experiences and training and a CV.
  • Any applicants for clinical fellowships must contact Executive Associate Dean Fred Meyers prior to considering an application for submission. Email Dean Meyers at

Review criteria

  • Academic achievements and research promise.
  • Match of applicant’s goals and the training program objectives.
  • Research training environment proposed.
  • Potential for applicant to become an independent scientist in stem cell-related research.