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School of Medicine Irene Perstein Award

The Irene Perstein Award (on hiatus until 2017) is awarded by the UCSF School of Medicine to an outstanding, newly recruited junior woman clinician scientist. This unique award honors the legacy of Ms. Irene Perstein, who donated funds to support junior women faculty at UCSF.

Eligible candidates include women faculty members who were recruited through a national search process within the past two years, appointed at the assistant professor rank (regardless of series), and who are expected to develop a high caliber independent research program in clinical or translational science. Eligible candidates must have formally accepted their searched UCSF faculty position between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014. The award period is up to three years.

Nominations should be submitted by the department chair. The nomination packet should include three components: 1) a two-page maximum Chair’s letter that describes the candidate’s qualifications, the recruitment/start-up package, and the department’s commitment to the candidate; 2) a one-page description by the candidate of the research that will be undertaken with award funding and the impact of receiving the Irene Perstein award; and 3) the candidate’s CV.

Applications should be addressed to Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH, Vice Dean, and submitted in a single PDF to Linda Tsiu.

Selection criteria include:

  • The Chair’s and the Department’s commitment to the candidate (including start-up, space, percentage research time, etc.)
  • The scientific merit of the proposed research and the likelihood that the candidate’s research will improve human health
  • The anticipated impact of receiving the Irene Perstein award on the candidate’s professional career
  • Evidence that the award will uniquely promote the candidate’s research

Award Period: 3 years
Award Cycle:   November 1, 2014-October 31, 2017



Request for Applications (RFA)

August 1, 2014

Applications Due

September 30, 2014

Award Notification

October 31, 2014

Contact person: Linda Tsiu,  476-1977