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Transforming Knowledge into Practice

Conducting exceptional clinical research requires close collaboration between academic and industry professionals. Our year-long Clinical Research Fellowships in Oncology, Neurology, Immunology, Ophthalmology, Pulmonary Medicine and other specialty areas give fellows the crucial experience they need to transform knowledge into practice, working directly with top institutions and physicians to strengthen our commitment to developing innovative new medicines.

This global program, founded in the mid-1990s, allows young clinical researchers to immerse themselves in key research under the mentorship of leading scientists and medical directors. The results have benefitted both patients and the scientific community, and have jump-started careers in clinical research and drug development.

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As a Clinical Fellow, you will:

  • Develop an educational project plan to improve your knowledge base
  • Participate in weekly clinical science meetings related to your project(s)
  • Participate in weekly Oncology, Immunology, Neurology or Ophthalmology meetings on a variety of clinical topics
  • Participate in additional relevant Genentech training opportunities that arise throughout the year
  • Complete Genentech Standard Operating Procedure training modules
  • Secure a mentor from your academic institution (if applicable)
  • Design a clinical research project in your area of interest
  • Complete your research project within the one-year program
  • Contribute to abstracts or manuscripts for publication
  • Participate in relevant internal and external Genentech meetings
  • Participate in a half-day of patient care responsibilities

At the end of the one-year fellowship, participants are asked to present their data to an internal peer review group.


Every year, the Genentech Oncology, Immunology, Pulmonary, Neurology and Ophthalmology groups each select one to three qualified Clinical Research Fellows. The fellowship is open to third and fourth year fellows in major academic institutions in the United States. Exceptional senior residents may also be considered.


The academic program typically begins in July or August and lasts one year. Applications received after June 30 are held for consideration the following year. If you aren’t selected, you may apply in subsequent years, in accordance with eligibility criteria.

Salary & Benefits

Clinical Research Fellows are paid approximately $81,000 for the academic year and may be eligible for limited benefits; all within an environment that celebrates our company culture and helps employees learn, grow, and achieve their goals. Genentech also pays fellows' registration fees and related travel expenses to professional meetings.


While we do not subsidize the costs of temporary relocation requirements, such as moving, housing, local transportation or personal airline travel, we gladly provide information and guidance to assist with relocation arrangements.

How to Apply

To apply, send us your name, contact information, curriculum vitae and a cover letter that specifies your area of interest, your rationale for selecting it, and initial ideas about your fellowship research initiative. Email those materials to the corresponding department:

Clinical Fellowship Alumni*

Nisha Acharya, MD, MS

Hal Barron, MD

Matthew Cascino, MD
Assistant Medical Director

Annie Chan, MD
Retinal Specialist
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

Hubert Chen, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Director
Genentech – Early Clinical Development

Jason Ehrlich, MD, PhD
Sr. Group Medical Director
Global Head of Ophthalmology

Ciara Freeman, MD
Department of Haemato-Oncology, John Vane Cancer Centre, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London, UK.
Barts Health NHS Trust, London - Hematology

Julie Ishida, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology

Ariella Kelman, MD
Global Head Pre-Approval Access and Medical Ethics

Eli Miloslavsky, MD
Assistant Professor
Co-Director Vasculitis and Glomerulonephritis Center
Massachusetts General Hospital

Kasia Owczarczyk, MD
Specialty Registrar
Clinical Oncology at Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

Melicent Peck, MD, PhD
Associate Medical Director
Genentech – Early Clinical Development

Kajal Rao, MD
Denver Nephrology

Vijay Rao, MD, PhD
Associate Director of Clinical Research
Indiana Heart Physicians

Ha Tran, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Nephrology

Jeffrey Willis, MD, PhD
Assistant Medical Director

*Note: Titles/positions of alumni represent a moment in time and may not reflect each individual's current title/position.