Master's Tuition Program

DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 11:59 PM PST

The intent of the MCHRI Master’s Tuition Program (MTP) is to support those planning to pursue a career as a physician scientist, spending the majority of their time doing NIH funded basic or clinical research related to maternal and child  health (MCH). The MCHRI project serves as the MS thesis project.

We expect applicants to pursue a MS degree in health research policy, clinical research, epidemiology, or similar areas in support of the intent of the funding mechanism.  Approved MS programs include:

Other MS programs on or off Stanford campus that meet the theme of the MTP program may be considered.

Programs not funded:

  • MS program in Business Administration (MBA)
  • MA program in Education
  • MA in Public Policy
  • Other MS programs not related to the development or career of a physician scientist

All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children.

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Key Dates

Action Date
Application Deadline Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Notification of Awards April 2022
Award Start Date September 1, 2022

Applicants must apply directly for admission to the MS degree program prior to and independent of the MCHRI application for tuition support.

Acceptance into an MS program does not guarantee MCHRI funding.  Applicant must be selected by MCHRI Executive Committee.

Awards will be announced in mid-April 2022.  Earliest award start date is September 1, 2022.  The performance period is for no longer than mutually determined necessary to complete the degree.

Forms for Applicants

Funding Amount

Total award is up to $65,000 for two years ($32,500 per year).  One proposal per applicant is accepted each cycle.


  • Applicant must be a Physician Fellow, Instructor, or Assistant Professor in Pediatrics or a subspecialty primarily focused on maternal and child health (e.g. maternal fetal medicine, or pediatric neurology, surgery, radiology, or other disciplines).
  • Applicant must have sufficient protected time to complete the MS degree and research program in a maximum of two-years.
  • All applicants must have or plan to have a focus on maternal child health research, or wish to expand their interest in maternal child health research.
  • All applicants must have legal residence in the United States (Applicants with H or J visas are eligible)
    • Visiting Scholars are NOT eligible

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 21 9 8 89% $411,300
FY 20 9 5 56% $270,000
FY 19 5 4 80% $240,000
FY 18 4 4 100% $224,000
FY 17 3 3 100% $150,000


Visit the Master's Tutition Program (MTP) Awards page.

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Please contact MCHRI Administration at or 650-724-0279 with any questions.