2024 Call for Applications: CIRM Clinical Research Fellowship in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

USC's stem cell research center
USC's stem cell research center (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

We have two 1-year positions with a 1-year renewal option available for clinical trainees interested in conducting research related to stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine in one of the leading labs at USC. The positions are open to current clinical residents, clinical fellows, or individuals who completed their MDs. No prior research experience is needed. Funding will begin in September 2024.


  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge in the field of stem cell and regenerative therapies to develop new methods for treating disorders
  • Develop analytical, technical, and scientific writing skills
  • Establish a basic, translational research, and clinical mentorship network
  • Learn translational and cGMP manufacturing procedures
  • Be exposed to cutting-edge bioinformatics approaches
  • Participate in translational and clinical training programs
  • Attend an annual retreat
  • Have access to clinical activities while working in the laboratory
  • Gain new perspectives on career trajectories
  • Enhance your residency application

Financial support

  • $77,000 (small % increase each year) + $12,000 health insurance +
    $3,000 travel/supplies

Two step application process

A) Send your letter of intent.

To apply, please email a letter of intent, which includes the following materials, in a single PDF to our Clinical Research Care Coordinator,  Brenda Zaragoza Dorado at by 11:59 p.m. PST on June 14th.

Please follow the instructions exactly as listed below. Name your file “Lastname_Firstname_CIRM_Clinical_Fellowship_2024.pdf”.

  1. Cover letter expressing your research interests
  2. Biosketch including the following information as bullet points:
  • Full name and contact
  • Undergraduate school, month/year graduated, GPA
  • Medical/dental degree (if applicable), institution, month/year awarded
  • Any current or previous fellowships
  • Any prior research experience
  • Current visa status
  1. Two letters of reference

B) Laboratory matches and development of research project aims

We will let you know on June 21th whether your letter of intent passed the pre-selection criteria. In case of a positive review of your initial submission, our team will work with you to identify a laboratory that matches your interests. You are expected to develop, in consultation with the PI of your laboratory of interest, a 2-page plan summarizing your research project and aims, which should be submitted by July 29th. The final decision about your acceptance will be made on August 12th, 2024.