Clinical Trainee (MD)

Applications Closed. Previous DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 11:59 PM PT

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Clinical Trainee (MD) Support program is designed to create a pathway and provide support for training the next generation of physician scientists focused on maternal and child health. The MCHRI Clinical (MD) Trainee Support program funds MD (or MD/PhD) fellows as follows:

  • Provides up to 100% salary/fringe support for up to two years (non-competitive renewal for year 2)
  • Supports 2nd and 3rd years of fellowship only (PGY5 and PGY6)
  • Used for the fellows’ remuneration and benefits (at the level determined appropriate for their particular specialty)


MCHRI is offering a Palliative Care Fellowship.  The fellowship is for up to two years with salary support of $75,000 per year. The individual will be identified as the Maggie Otto Fellow in Pediatrics Palliative Care. His/her clinical activity can be in any discipline involving children’s health.  Any fellow whose research will be in pediatric palliative care should apply. Application requirements are the same.

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QSU Biostatistics Consultations

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) partners with the Quantitative Sciences Unit (QSU) in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University to provide comprehensive biostatistics and data management support for research that is directly related to maternal and child health.  

Reserve your 1-hour consultation here.
Consultation appointments are available on:
Monday, December 13, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Monday, January 3, 2022
Thursday, January 6, 2022

MCHRI members and their mentees who are planning to apply to the MCHRI Clinical Trainee (MD)  Support Program (Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2022) may sign up for a free one-hour, one-on-one consultation with a data scientist. The number of consultations per person/research team shall be limited to one. Reserve your 1-hour consultation at the registration link above. Please include the title and brief description of your proposal when completing your registration form. 

The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after registration. If you are unable to make it, please cancel your registration so others may have the opportunity to sign up.

Key Dates

Action Date
Application Deadline Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Notification of Awards March 2022
Award Start Date July 1, 2022

Awards will be announced in March 2022. Proposals that are not funded can be resubmitted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (within the funding cycle). Formal award letters for both rounds (original submission and resubmission) will be issued in June 2022.   

Award Period: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Forms for Applicants

** Important Note - IRB Approval **

It is strongly encouraged that you submit your IRB application prior to the MCHRI application submission deadline and the IRB review meeting date stated in the MCHRI application.  If there is an approval letter, it must be attached with the application.  If approved for funding, the award cannot commence (fund transfer) without the approved IRB.  Should there be a reason you will not have IRB approval by the award start date of 7/1/22, please email to request a waiver and include a justification in your request.

Funding Amount

MCHRI Clinical (MD) Trainee Awards support MD (MD/PhD, DMD, or DO) fellows as follows: 

  • Provides up to 100% salary/fringe support for up to two years (non-competitive renewal for year 2)
  • Supports 2nd and 3rd years of fellowship only (PGY5 and PGY6)
  • Used for the fellows’ remuneration and benefits (at the level determined appropriate for their particular specialty)


To be eligible for the award, the applicant must meet these criteria:

  • Hold a medical (MD or equivalent) doctoral degree 
  • Have completed one year of training by the start of the award term
  • Demonstrate a commitment to an investigative career in obstetrics, pediatrics, pediatric subspecialty or subspecialty primarily focused on child health (e.g., pediatric surgery)
  • Use the MCHRI funding for their 2nd and 3rd years of research training (PGY5 and PGY6) during which a minimum of 75% time is devoted to research
  • Be a practitioner or scientist who has a focus on maternal or child health  
  • Primary research mentor may be from any research discipline
  • Primary research mentor must be a member of the MCHRI*
  • Non-ACGME fellows are eligible provided all other criteria are met

*Apply for MCHRI Membership here.


MCHRI Research Fellows must be nominated by their Division Chief or Department Chair.  The nominator’s letter will verify that:

  • The applicant will spend a minimum of 75% of their time devoted to research during their years funded by the MCHRI fellowship
  • And that failure to maintain this commitment will result in forfeiture of the award and financial recovery of the award from the nominating Division or Department

Reviewer Form

Funding Rates

Year # of Applications
#of Awards Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 21 22 17 77% $1,506,000
FY 20 28 21 84% $1,651,424
FY 19 27 20 83% $1,564,500
FY 18 18 6 65%


FY 17 25 16 64% $1,815,000
FY 16 31 23 74% $2,134,000
FY 15 27
FY 14
26 17 65% $1,545,000
FY 13 21
17 81% $1,341,200
FY 12 33
23 70% $1,401,000
FY 11 14 10 71% $734,000


Visit the Clinical Trainee (MD) Awards page.

Policy Updates

Visit Policy Updates for more information.


Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Program Panel Chairs

Daniel Bernstein, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS
Professor, Neurosurgery


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