Post-Doctoral Fellowships

FSPH Health Policy and Management Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program (LAAHSRTP) post-doctoral fellowship is a joint initiative of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public HealthRAND HealthThe USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the V.A. Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy. It is supported by a T-32 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program provides comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified post-doctoral trainees so that they may effectively engage in and lead research and implementation activities aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.


The leadership of LAAHSRTP consists of the following individuals:

Drawing on the expertise of faculty and researchers at the four institutions–over three dozen of whom have agreed to be mentors – the program invites applicants interested in pursuing research in: health systems change including study of system innovations and care outside the clinic; managed care and the design and impact of hospital, physician and bundled payment systems; implementation science; patient, provider, and organizational decision-making; health outcomes measurement and comparative effectiveness analysis; patient-centered care; and health equity, access and quality of care for priority populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, low income populations and patients with high expense chronic illnesses such as HIV. Research within a comparative international framework is also invited.

To be eligible to receive a post-doctoral award, the prospective candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and have obtained a Ph.D., medical degree, or other professional doctoral degree. Awards will last two years. The fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, childcare, and travel money to attend professional meetings. Post-doctoral fellows also have the option of pursuing a Masters degree in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management, and most tuition and fees are covered during the fellowship.

The program is especially interested in attracting a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups.

For further information, please contact:

Maria Porras
Program Coordinator
Department of Health Policy and Management
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
Telephone (310) 983-1355

Preference is given to applications received by January 12, 2024.

How to apply:

1) Fill out the application here:

2) Submit the following supporting documents to Marielle Castaneda at

  • Essay (500-1,000 words, describing career plans in the area of health services research, particular research interests, and experience)
  • CV
  • Copy of best written work
  • Three letters of recommendation (including at least one from a faculty member on doctoral committee)
  • Proof of graduate degree (transcript of letter of authorization from institution)
  • *Admissions Application to Health Services, *only if pursuing a degree (MPH or MHS)

For application-related inquiries, please contact:

Marielle Castaneda at