The Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) fosters collaborations across the biomedical sciences, seeking quantitative methods to address pressing problems in biology and biomedicine.   

Motivated by problems of human disease, QBI is committed to investigating fundamental biological mechanisms, because ultimately solutions to many diseases have been revealed by unexpected discoveries in the basic sciences. 


Strengthening communication, collaboration and capacity building across institutions and borders, and empowering women in bioscience in Geographic Areas of Interest to further advance research and eventual treatments or cures to diseases is one of the major goals of the QBI Scholarship. This year the scholarship is offered to citizens of GhanaNigeria and Sierra Leone; only one winner will be selected.

Under this QBI aim, we offer a one-year, non-accredited transdisciplinary scholarship focused on bioscience and disease research. Our scholar will start in January of 2020 and will conduct research for one year in an area of need at UCSF, followed by implementation at her home institution. This sustainable follow-up will be supported through our collaborators in her home country. QBI is disease agnostic and focuses more on the approach than a specific disease. This, therefore, opens the door to research on a wide array of topics, including pathogens, viruses, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disorders, cancer or any combination thereof.  

This scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity to work with world-class QBI-UCSF researchers and mentors, develop ideas and partnerships within a collaborative network, present works in progress and final results at domestic and global symposia, and formally build additional research skills. We are thrilled to invite applications for the 2020 calendar year!

The candidate will be selected by the Fall of 2019 and arrive at QBI-UCSF in January of 2020. Following their year at QBI, it is expected that the candidate will return to their home institution to implement and share the knowledge they have acquired in order to increase the capacity of the home institution and research programs. This opportunity is only for scholars who show their future aspirations and implementation plans in their home country. QBI hopes to strengthen collaborative relationships with the institution of the winner and will look to the scholar to lead the growing collaborations upon her return to her home country.


The length of this scholarship is one year, and the scholar will get back as much as they put in. It is expected that the scholar will indicate her needed areas of growth and motivate towards the opportunities. The core components of this program are designed to meet the needs of each scholar:

  • Living stipend, dedicated research, and education funds, round trip travel, lab stipend

  • Strong research and career mentorship emphasizing the collaborative, transdisciplinary approach necessary to achieve impact in disease research and implementation within their home community upon return
  • Academic, research, leadership training, and courses
  • Career development workshops offered in conjunction with the candidate’s research year
  • Assistance in grant writing to obtain funding for follow-up research in the home country and institution   


Candidates are eligible if they have completed the following:  

  • PhD or MD equivalent
  • Affiliation with a hospital or research institute in GhanaNigeria or Sierra Leone
  • Previous work is focused on molecular biology and/or biomedicine problem

If you have questions about your eligibility, please reach out to inquire about specific cutoffs:


Please submit the scholarship application materials listed below as a single PDF to by 11:59 PM PST, August 30, 2019. Skype Interviews will be scheduled for thereafter with notification of a final decision by the fall of 2019.

  • Current CV (template provided on our website).

  • 1-page personal statement, which also includes your research ambitions and proposed outcome as related to your community or country
  • 1-page research concept describing the disease focus of your research, including brief specific aims, significance, innovation and proposed approach and stipulation which you would pursue as part of the scholarship

  • Areas of QBI research you are interested in; top 3 areas you would like to focus on. Please see investigators and research they are involved with at
  • Applicants for this award must indicate a faculty research mentor(s) who will commit to guiding the applicant throughout the duration of the proposed project. Indicate the specific investigators you want to work with at QBI-UCSF; choose the top 3 professors you would like to work with:
  • Copy of degree(s)
  • Attach a list of most recent publications, and highlight those relevant to suggested research

  • Information on passport and visa status to assess visa requirements
  • 2 letters of reference (sent separately) 


Please direct all inquiries to