Delivery Science Fellowship Program

The Division of Research in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region is now accepting applications for our Delivery Science post-doctoral fellowship program. The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2014, for fellows beginning July 2015.

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Our Unique Opportunity

Investigators and fellows in the Division of Research work on the cutting edge of delivery science, partnering directly with Kaiser Permanente physicians and clinical operations leaders to develop and implement innovative research and quality improvement projects for patient care, in one of the nation’s leading integrated delivery systems. Fellows have the unique opportunity to develop delivery science research and writing skills for presentations and publications while being mentored by experienced scientists with expertise in translational research, health services, health policy, and delivery system science. Investigators have access to rich data resources, including a robust longitudinal electronic medical record system, and they have the opportunity to translate research findings into the clinical care setting.

About Us

Kaiser Permanente is an integrated delivery system with a diverse membership in eight regions across the United States. In the Northern California region, Kaiser Permanente includes a health plan with 3.4 million members, a network of 21 hospitals and 50 ambulatory medical offices, and a multi-specialty physician group with more than 7,000 physicians.

The Division of Research, which is part of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, has more than 450 people on staff, including 50 faculty-level investigators with 350 ongoing, funded projects on a wide range of health research topics. In 2013, the Division’s research portfolio totaled over $82 million in grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, private foundations, industry, and Kaiser Permanente. Our investigators have made contributions in many research areas, including disease prevention, patient engagement, chronic illness management, clinical trials, clinical effectiveness, the role of genes and the environment in health, health informatics, and delivery science.

Founded in 1961, the Division’s research program has been built on a base of rigorous epidemiologic and health services investigation. The Division has a long tradition of training post-graduate fellows, including the current cohort of two Delivery Science Fellows.


"Our goal is for our fellows to develop the research skills necessary to go out into the world and make a difference in how health care is delivered." Richard W. Grant MD, MPH, Director


Program Goals for Delivery Science Fellows

  • Enhance skills (framing impactful research questions, applying robust research methods, grant writing, manuscript publication, and oral presentations) to help highly qualified researchers pursue successful research careers in delivery science.
  • Address critical health care delivery problems in priority areas, such as understanding and overcoming barriers to effective health care; improving clinical quality, outcomes, and cost; and effectively applying health information technology.
  • Conduct research to help support advances in how medical care is delivered within Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care setting and the U.S. health care system overall.

Learning Opportunity

The two-year, full-time program includes:

  • Direct, individualized mentorship on a minimum of two delivery science research studies.
  • Structured seminar series focused on career and skill development.
  • The opportunity to take advanced coursework in relevant methodological areas at nearby University of California campuses.
  • For clinician candidates without a Master’s degree or PhD, the option for a concurrent academic study program leading to an MPH from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health (related costs reimbursed by the Fellowship program); this option requires concurrent application to UC Berkeley Masters of Public Health Program.
  • For fellows with clinical training, the potential to maintain a modest amount of clinical activity (arranged on a case-by-case basis).


  • Richard W. Grant, MD, MPH - Fellowship Program Director
  • Julie A. Schmittdiel, PhD - Fellowship Program Associate Director


We seek outstanding candidates with health professional doctorate degrees (MD, DO, PharmD, Nursing PhD) and/or research doctorate degrees (PhD, ScD, DrPH) in related fields. Applicants must be eligible for U.S. employment. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


The fellowship is paid by an employment contract with The Permanente Medical Group; compensation includes salary, benefits, and tuition reimbursement.


Situated within the San Francisco Bay Area, the Division of Research office is in Oakland, California, near Lake Merritt and the Uptown district. The office and near-by medical center are well-served by public transportation.

Questions and Application

Inquiries about the program may be made to Beth Dameron, MS, Program Coordinator, at

Applications for the July 2016 program will be accepted between May 1 and September 15, 2015.