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Developing the next generation of diverse pediatrician-scientist leaders through exceptional research training and a robust, multilevel mentorship environment

New to this year’s cycle, there will be a slot offered by the NICHD’s Intramural Research Program. The scientific mentor will come from the the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) and the NICHD intramural PSDP Scholar will conduct research in their mentor’s respective laboratory at the NIH during their PSDP training!

It is the responsibility of the applicant to reach out and select their scientific mentor. Please contact with any questions.

Updated Policies and Changes!

We will be implementing the following changes (effective for current application cycle):

  • Applicants will be allowed up to 20% clinical time (increased from the 10% historically allowed)
  • The funding model will revert back to the older model applied for previous cohorts:
    • PSDP Years 1-2 will be funded by the PSDP through the NIH/funding partners
    • PSDP Year 3 will be funded by applicant’s sponsoring institution


  • PSDP Year 1: $75,000 + 15% fringe benefits + $24,750 for research supplies/travel
  • PSDP Year 2: $80,000 + 15% fringe benefits + $24,750 for research supplies/travel*
  • PSDP Year 3: your sponsoring institution must agree to pay salary and fringe benefits commensurate with the rank of a senior fellow, instructor (or equivalent faculty rank)

         *Contingent upon the K12 grant proposal being renewed.  Sponsoring institution must be prepared to fund Scholar’s PSDP Year 2 (salary, fringe benefits, and research supplies/travel) in the event the PSDP K12 grant is not renewed.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager, Janet Lam,

What is the PSDP?

The Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) provides intensive training in research relevant to specialty areas of pediatrics. The goal is to prepare entry-level faculty for research careers in academic pediatrics. Physicians presently in pediatric training programs who wish to train in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research with an established investigator/mentor are encouraged to apply.

  • PSDP provides 2-3 years of training for pediatricians with an MD, DO or MD/PhD degree who are committed to a career in academic medicine
  •  The first and second years of PSDP training will be funded by the NIH or our non-NIH funding partners. Fellows will be supported from their sponsoring departments during their third year of PSDP.
  • Fellows in their third year of PSDP will be appointed as  instructors or equivalent rank.
  • The involvement and support of pediatric department chairs in the nomination, application process, and career development of PSDP scholars are essential to the success of the program

Building the Next Generation of Pediatrician Scientists

  • The PSDP is an NIH K12 award that fosters basic,
    clinical, translational, and health services research
  • 92% of PSDP graduates work in academic pediatrics
  • As of 2021, 52% of PSDP graduates had obtained NIH
  • PSDP Return on Investment = 20.06
  • External mentorship is offered to residents interested in
    PSDP fellowship opportunity through our alumni
    mentorship program
  • The PSDP is committed to increasing and diversifying
    the pediatric-scientist workforce
What Alumni are Saying...

MY PSDP research served as the foundation for my K08 and Harold Amos Career Development Awards. The PSDP has provided such a formative experience and has overall opened the door to so many other opportunities.

– Erlinda ‘Chulie’ Ulloa, MD, MSc (PSDP alumnus 2019, Assistant Professor, UC Irvine)

Support from the PSDP played a critical role in launching my career as an independent investigator – the support for a multi-year research experience and fully protected time in the lab, the oversight of my research progress by the PSDP leadership team, and the short-term and long-term mentoring and career guidance by the Chairs participating in the PSDP were invaluable.

– Joseph St. Geme, MD (PSDP alumnus 1991, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PSDP Steering Commitee Member)

“The Pediatric Scientist Development Program provided me with 100% protected research time, outstanding mentorship, a strong commitment from my department, and a wonderful peer network of physician scientists that helped launch my research career in epidemiology and clinical research.”

– Jason Nagata, MD (PSDP alumnus 2019, Assistant Professor, UCSF)

Without a doubt, this program made my career in academic pediatrics possible. In addition to the financial support, I had access to world-renown pediatric physician scientists as mentors. Their timely and personalized advice allowed me to navigate different stages of my career with success, even after I officially exited the program.”

– Elizabeth Crouch, MD, PhD (PSDP alumnus 2021, Assistant Professor, UCSF)

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