The Irene Perstein Award is awarded by the UCSF School of Medicine to an outstanding, newly recruited, junior woman 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, newly appointed at the assistant professor rank (regardless of series) between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, who are expected to develop a high caliber independent research program in basic, clinical or translational science. The award is for up to $80,000 total and may be used for salary support, staff or equipment.

Nominations should be submitted by the department chair/director. The nomination packet should include three components: 1) a one-page maximum Chair’s letter that describes the candidate’s qualifications; 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 current CV.

Applications should be addressed to Paul Garcia, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and submitted in a single PDF to Oriol Zales.

Selection criteria include:

  1. Scientific merit of the proposal, including novelty/innovation (if applicable, include factors that limit current funding opportunities), feasibility and the potential impact on human health
  2. Anticipated impact of the Irene Perstein award on the candidate’s research program (include the potential for securing future funding) and academic career



Request for Applications (RFA)


Applications Due


Award Notification