TB Research and Mentorship Program (TB RAMP)

Program Components Scholar Eligibility How to Apply Timeline FAQs 


Tuberculosis (TB) has surpassed HIV as the number one infectious cause of death worldwide. 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 its affiliates have the diverse expertise and strengths in TB training and research to provide such opportunities. 

The TB Research And Mentorship Program (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 is led by Co-PIs, Elizabeth Fair, PhD, MPH and Payam Nahid, MD, MPH.

The program is designed to prepare early-stage investigators (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 (infectious diseases, pulmonary medicine, experimental medicine, systems biology, genomics, immunology, health economics, pharmacy, nursing, implementation sciences, diplomacy and policy, global health, etc.); 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 2 years, with TB RAMP Scholars dedicating ~4 hours/week 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. Allowable costs include fees for courses, conference registration, publication fees, etc.
  • Opportunity to compete for “Mentored Scientist Award in Tuberculosis” hosted by the UCSF Center for TB, via the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) mechanism

TB RAMP Scholar Eligibility

  • Fellows, post-docs, or junior faculty (assistant professor level) from 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 it is expected that applicants to this program have an existing position at UCSF or UC Berkeley
  • Applications accepted bi-annually for two-year engagement in the TB RAMP program
  • Per NIH policy, all TB RAMP awards and/or stipends are restricted to US citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time an offer of an award is made.

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 in February 2023. 
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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