The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Madison, Wisconsin

Date Posted

July 27, 2023

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The University of Wisconsin (UW) Primary Care Research Fellowship is recruiting fellows to join the Fall 2023 cohort. This post-doctoral research fellowship is administratively housed within the UW Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health and led by faculty from this department as well as from General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The fellowship has been continuously funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration as a T32 for over 30 years, and typically supports 2 years of research career training.  

A principal objective of the Primary Care Research Fellowship is to train primary care physicians and PhD scientists interested in careers in medical research related to the organization, delivery, or effectiveness of primary health care and preventive medicine. 

Research project completion, published papers, and grant proposals are the main goals for fellows. The fellowship is open to physicians or PhD-level health professionals aiming for research-centered careers who could benefit from 2 years of protected time, intensive mentorship, and research support. Areas of scholarly focus should be related to primary care but are otherwise not restricted. We encourage fellows to aim for NIH funding, and our trainees have received K-grants, R-grants, or other prestigious awards. 

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion. 




Program expectations include the following: 

  • Engage in scholarly activities that build skills for research-centered careers 
  • Attend in-person weekly fellowship seminars 
  • Present research at our biannual Fellowship Research Symposium
  • Complete research projects, published papers, and grant proposals 
  • Receive mentorship from UW-Madison faculty in the Department of, Pediatrics, as well as other relevant departments across campus, including our Institute for Clinical and Translational Science 
  • Other training activities and events as requested by the Directors 




Successful candidates must have a medical (MD, DO), doctoral (PhD), or other terminal degree at the start of their appointment. 

Our funding agency requires that fellows are citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. 


Application Process


Please apply on our website: 

Applicants will be asked to: 

  • Complete the online application, including a short answer on your long term professional goals and how you see your fellowship experience contributing to your future professional activities 
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae 
  • List 3 professional references 

About the Organization


Recognized as an international leader in education, research and service, the School of Medicine and Public Health continues to evolve to meet changing health care needs.  

From creating academic programs targeting health professional shortage areas to becoming the nation’s first school to integrate medicine and public health, the University of Wisconsin consistently strives to be on the forefront of health care innovation through service, science, scholarship, and social responsibility.  

The fellowship is housed in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) with faculty leadership in the Department of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has been around since 1970 and focuses on advancing health and well-being by caring, teaching, discovering, leading, and connecting. The department employs 900+ employees, with 165+ being faculty members.

We provide remarkable patient care, offer outstanding educational programs for medical students, residents, and fellows, and conduct innovative research.

Physician faculty have the opportunity to practice in residency or community clinics, or to pursue a tenure track appointment. There are 17 family medicine clinics statewide, and each clinic offers a unique place to practice.

Community Information:
Madison, Wisconsin (population estimated 255k), the vibrant capital of Wisconsin and home of the University of Wisconsin, and the many picturesque surrounding towns, has the best of all worlds: natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural offerings, distinctive restaurants and shops, and an irreverent spirit of fun. Built on an isthmus between lakes Monona and Mendota, Madison is renowned for its beautiful scenery. A total of five area lakes and more than 260 city parks create the perfect setting for an abundance of year-round outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, swimming and sailing along with cross-country skiing, snow sailing, and ice fishing. Urban culture, natural beauty, small town charm – the greater Madison area offers it all! 


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