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[1] 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:

Programs not eligible:

  • 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

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

The MS application for programs is separate from MCHRI’s MTP application. Please take note of each program’s specific deadlines. Please email us at  if you intend to submit a MTP application.

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

Funding Details

Total award is up to $70,000 for two years ($35,000 per year). One proposal per applicant is accepted each cycle.

March 11, 2024

April 2024

September 1, 2024

Forms for Applicants


  • 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, 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
YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 23 9 6 67% $390,000
FY 22 8 5 63% $325,000
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

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