Master's Tuition Program

DEADLINE: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.  

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 child1 health (MCH). The MCHRI project serves as the MS thesis project.

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

Programs typically not funded: 

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

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

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

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

RFA and Guidelines


Awards will be announced in April 2020.  Earliest award start date is May 1, 2020.  The performance period is for no longer than mutually determined necessary to complete the degree.


Total award is up to $60,000 for two years ($30,000 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 two-year MS degree and research program.
  • 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 Rate

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 19 5 4 80% $240,000
FY 18 4 4 100% $224,000
FY 17 3 3 100% $150,000


View listing of past awardees


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