TB Research and Mentorship Program (TB RAMP)

Program Components Scholar Eligibility How to Apply Timeline FAQs 

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Until the COVID-19 pandemic, tuberculosis (TB) was the leading infectious cause of death worldwide, surpassing HIV/AIDS. Momentum for tackling TB is increasing globally, with political commitments indicated at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting in 2018, and a new research and development roadmap delineated in the NIAID Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Research.  In order to meet the nation’s and global needs for conducting innovative biomedical, clinical, and epidemiologic research in TB, a significant enhancement of educational, training and mentorship opportunities focused specifically on TB is needed.  UCSF and UC Berkeley have the diverse expertise and strengths in TB training and research to provide such opportunities.

With funding from the NIH/NIAID, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California, Berkeley (UCB) partnered and have been selected as one of six national Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (TRACs). The UC TRAC will support the development of the next generation of TB researchers.

The TB RAMP Program will remain the foundational mentoring program, now housed within the UC TRAC. As the mentoring program in UC TRAC, TB RAMP  is an integrated program of creative educational, training, and mentoring activities with a focus on research skills development, provision of research opportunities and experiences, and sustained mentoring activities.  The TB RAMP Program will continue to grow with the greater infrastructure of the TRAC, under the guidance of Drs. Fair, Nahid, and Reingold.

The program is designed to prepare early-stage investigators (advanced doctoral students, fellows, postdocs, and junior faculty) from UCSF and UC Berkeley for successful careers in TB research.  Through this research education program focused on TB, we promote and catalyze collaborations between existing faculty across disciplines spanning basic, clinical, and social and population health sciences; attract and cultivate early-stage investigators in the TB field; and strengthen TB research expertise both at UCSF and UC Berkeley.

Program Components

The TB RAMP Program is designed to engage scholars over two years, with TB RAMP Scholars dedicating ~4 hours/month to engage with faculty, refine their research ideas, and gain skills for launching independent research careers.  Core components are designed to foster collaborative, transdisciplinary approach to studying TB, including:

  • Individual tailored research and career mentoring in TB from highly regarded UC investigators
  • Participation in UCSF Center for Tuberculosis research seminars with rotating schedule of didactic sessions, works in progress, and faculty panels
  • Professional skill development focused on grant and manuscript writing
  • Leadership opportunities and networking within the UCSF Center for Tuberculosis and through the annual World TB Day Symposium
  • Stipends to promote research activities, including fees for courses, conference registration, publication fees, etc.
  • Opportunity to compete for research funding, via the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) mechanism

TB RAMP Scholar Eligibility

  • Advanced doctoral students, fellows, post-docs, or junior faculty (assistant professor level) at UCSF or UC Berkeley. 
  • Evidence of commitment to TB research or promising early-stage investigators seeking to transition career focus to TB.
  • Ability to dedicate 2-4 hours per week on TB RAMP research or mentoring activities.
  • Existing institutional commitment of salary support.  TB RAMP provides educational and research stipends, but applicants to this program must have an existing position at UCSF or UC Berkeley.
  • Accepted TB RAMP Scholars must retain their position/appointment at UCSF or UC Berkeley to participate in the program, have access to its educational opportunities, and research funding mechanisms. Scholars in good standing who lose their academic position will be graduated early from the program.

Applications accepted annually in the Spring (April deadline) for a two-year commitment with the TB RAMP program.

How to Apply

Please submit your application by email to [email protected] attaching:

  • Application form - download it here
  • Single PDF including:
    • Current NIH-style Biosketch
    • Summary of your TB research work and interests (500 words max)
    • Description about why you want to be a TB RAMP Scholar, including names of potential mentors (200 words max)
  • 2 letters of reference from faculty who can speak to your interest/work in TB (sent separately)


  • Applications open annually in early Spring
  • Deadline to apply: Friday, April 19, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Program Contact:  
Should you have any questions regarding the TB RAMP Program or submission of materials, please contact: [email protected]

Funding for TB RAMP is provided by NIH/NIAID, award R25AI147375.