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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 (optional)

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

How to Apply

Click on the department you would like to apply for below. The URL will send you to your respective application. In your application, please include your curriculum vitae and a cover letter that specifies: (1) your rationale for selecting this area of interest and (2) your initial ideas about your fellowship research initiative. Please address your cover letter to the respective fellowship program lead for the departments below.

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