VA Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health

The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are seeking candidates for a two-year advanced postdoctoral fellowship in women’s health. We are a team of researchers from diverse disciplines who aim to create a new understanding of the unique challenges facing women veterans and to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of relevant health issues.

The ideal fellowship candidate will have a demonstrated interest in women’s health and expertise in some of the methods and specialty areas listed below. The candidate will have opportunities to analyze pre-collected data and disseminate findings, design new research projects, and contribute to ongoing studies.

Area of focus: Women veterans

• Neuroscience • PTSD
• Epidemiology • Interpersonal violence
• Psychophysiology • Military sexual trauma
• Fear conditioning • Treatment outcomes
• Neuroimaging/fMRI • Eating and nutrition
• Endocrinology • Pain
• Molecular biology • Sleep
• Metabolomics • Ovarian aging
• Health services research • Menopause
• Behavioral medicine  


The fellowship

The Veterans Administration (VA) sponsors a two-year research fellowship in women’s health, which is potentially renewable for a third year. The overarching goal of the fellowship is to provide focused, structured, mentored training for individuals across diverse disciplines who are committed to becoming leaders in the health issues of women veterans and to pursuing a career in women’s health at the VA.


The fellows will focus on completion of research and writing projects under the supervision of senior faculty. Access to didactic courses, experiential training and multidisciplinary research mentoring will be provided. Fellows will devote up to 25 percent time to direct clinical care in the SFVAMC Women Veterans’ Comprehensive Health Center.


The San Francisco VA Medical Center is affiliated with UCSF, one of the top ranked medical schools in the country. In addition to its broader commitment to the veteran population and education, SFVAMC has the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with more than $87 million in annual research expenditures. Our medical center is the top-ranked VA Medical Center in terms of research grants.


The San Francisco VA Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health Program will enroll two fellows each year. One fellow will be a physician and the other a fellow in an associated health field such as psychology, nursing, or pharmacology. Applicants must have a medical degree (MD) and have completed an approved residency or doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in psychology, nursing. or pharmacology. For psychology applicants, APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and APA-accredited internship is required. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship year. US citizenship is required.

Core faculty

How to apply

Applications are currently being accepted until the position is filled. A VA-based faculty mentor or co-mentor must be identified. Applicants should provide:

  • A curriculum vita
  • Three letters of recommendation from research mentors
  • A one- to two-page cover letter describing research interests and indicating how this program will foster professional goals

Please direct application materials to:

For more information

Contact Sabra Inslicht, PhD, for more information about the fellowship program.

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