How to Apply

The Division of Nephrology at UCSF participates in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and the fellowship match program administered by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Nephrology group

ERAS Application

Instructions for completing and submitting the ERAS application can be found at ERAS application.
Please be sure to complete the following items:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation, including letters from your residency training director, research mentor (if applicable), and current employer (if you have completed residency training).
  • Submit a concise personal statement of your career goals, previous research background/training and possible research interests (if applicable).
  • Apply to one of our two fellowship tracks: Clinical or Research (including basic and clinical research).
    • We offer multiple potential pathways during fellowship training at UCSF, including sequential nephrology/transplant nephrology fellowship (at least 3 years, at least 2 years of nephrology with 1 year of transplant nephrology) and a combined adult/pediatric nephrology fellowship (4 years). Please let us know if you are interested in either of these pathways. Clinical Fellows and Research Fellows are eligible for transplant nephrology fellowship training. The UCSF pediatric nephrology fellowship program director is Dr. Farzana Perwad.

Applicants may submit their fellowship applications via ERAS starting June 8, 2020. We will begin offering interviews after our initial review of applications in mid-August 2020. We strongly encourage applicants to complete their applications (including letters of recommendation) as early as possible.

We value diversity in our applicant pool and fellowship program, especially those underrepresented in medicine (UIM).

We will consider sponsoring H-1B and J-1 visas for exceptional candidates with outstanding research backgrounds applying to the research track.

NRMP Registration

All applicants to the Nephrology fellowship program are required to register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). View information on how to register and important deadlines at NRMP. Registration begins in August 2020, and match results will be announced December 2020.

Virtual Interviews in 2021 Positions
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has recommended (but not required) that fellowship interviews for 2021 positions be conducted in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UCSF has announced that all medical school, residency, and fellowship interviews will be conducted in a virtual format for 2021 positions. A universal remote-interview policy ensures public safety and equity for all applicants (including local applicants who could interview in person). UCSF created a taskforce of fellowship program directors and coordinators to share best practices for virtual fellowship interviews to increase diversity and to ensure equity as much as possible.

The Nephrology Fellowship Program plans 5-6 virtual interview dates on Mondays in September and October 2020. We will incorporate information sessions with the program directors as well as chat sessions with the current fellows so that applicants can learn the program's unique aspects.

Calendar for Fellowship Applications

July 1, 2020 Fellowship applicants can start submitting applications via ERAS.
August 12, 2020 Fellowship programs start receiving and reviewing applications via ERAS.
August - October 2020 UCSF Interviews will be conducted.
November 2020 Rank Lists due to NRMP.
December 2, 2020 NRMP Match results available.
July 1, 2021 Fellowship begins.


Program Leadership

Kerry ChoKerry Cho, MD
Fellowship Program Director
[email protected]

GabrielGabriel Stelmack
Fellowship Coordinator
[email protected]

Rafia ChaudnryRafia Chaudhry​​​​, MD
Associate Program Director, ZSFGH
[email protected]