University of Pennsylvania


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?



To be eligible for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, physicians may be in training or have been trained in any medical/surgical specialties and be eligible for an unlimited medical license in the United States upon completion of training. In addition they must:

  • be committed to a career in academic medicine, public health, health policy or another career congruent with the program’s purposes and priorities in developing physician leaders and skilled researchers;
  • be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training;
  • intend to complete the clinical requirements of their residency training by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons); and
  • be a U.S. Citizen, Resident Non-Citizen National or Resident Foreign National. (Permanentresidents must submit a copy of Green Card.)

Both MDs and DOs are eligible to apply.

Further Information
Physicians who meet the eligibility requirements can review the application requirements and timetable here.

General questions can be directed to:
Kristin Siebenaler, Deputy Director

National Programs Office
Phone: (919) 843-1351

Inquiries regarding the Clinical Scholars Program at Penn can be directed to:

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What happens if I am selected for an interview?

Interviewees are expected to attend a group dinner the evening before their interview day. This dinner will include current Clinical Scholars, program directors and faculty, and fellow interviewees. Dinners will be held at an off-campus restaurant. Time and location will be confirmed along with interview details.

Travel to UPenn

From the airport: The Philadelphia International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately 20 minutes from the University of Pennsylvania campus. Lady Liberty provides airport shuttle service to and from the Philadelphia International Airport, with door-to-door shuttle service to University City hotels and residences. You can reach them at (215) 724-8888 or Taxis are also available for approximately $28.

From Amtrak's 30th Street Station: Penn's campus can be reached from 30th Street Station by foot (it takes 15 minutes to walk from the station to the heart of campus), by cab, or on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line (one stop to 34th and Market Streets).

Below are some suggestions for lodging on and off the Penn campus. You are responsible for hotel reservations and costs.

On-Campus Lodging

Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sheraton University City
3549 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Off-Campus Lodging

For off-campus lodging in center city Philadelphia, we strongly recommend Club Quarters, where a discounted rate is available to Penn guests.

Club Quarter
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Use “penn” as the password to sign in.

Other off-campus hotels that sometimes offer special rates to the University of Pennsylvania include Loews Hotel Philadelphia, The Rittenhouse, Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton, and The Warwick Radisson.

Attire for the group dinner is casual. Business attire is expected for your interview. There may be a significant amount of walking across campus during your interview, so please keep in mind when planning your attire (comfortable shoes, umbrella, coat, etc.).

photoSample Interview Schedule
8:30 am Continental Breakfast Overview of RWJ CSP at Penn
Tour of RWJ office facilities
10:00-12:00 Interviews with directors and faculty
12:00-1:00 Lunch with current Clinical Scholars
1:30-4:30 Interviews with directors and faculty

Specific interview itineraries are emailed to applicants prior to the interview day. Last minute changes or additions may be emailed up to the day before.


Maps of Campus
A map of the Penn Campus can be found here. Click on a portion of the map for building details. Blockley Hall is located near the intersection of University Avenue and Civic Center Boulevard, between Guardian Drive and Curie Boulevard.

Helpful hints
It is advisable to come to your interview prepared. Research the academic interests and publications of your interviewers and review the campus map for the locations of your interviews. While the office staff will help locate most interview locations for you, you may not be escorted to all of your interviews.

When you arrive for the breakfast at Blockley Hall, it is advisable that you enter on Curie Boulevard through Stellar Chance Laboratories. This door is open to visitors. When you enter through Stellar Chance, take the stairs to your left. At the top of the stairs, make a left into Blockley Hall. Elevators are straight ahead.

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What benefits do UPenn Clinical Scholars receive?

Clinical Scholars at Penn receive a competitive stipend, benefits, and tuition support. Scholars will also have opportunities to maintain clinical skills.

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What is Penn like?

photoThe University of Pennsylvania is a private, Ivy League university with over 250 years of innovation in education, research, and service. Its compact campus in Philadelphia hosts all of its 12 schools, making the campus ideal for the interdisciplinary work of the Clinical Scholars Program. In addition to its tradition of interdisciplinary work, many of Penn's schools have a substantial focus on health. For example, within the School of Arts and Sciences are leading departments of Sociology, History and Sociology of Science, Psychology, and Anthropology-all with faculty whose substantial area of interest is health. The Annenberg School for Communication has a renowned health communication program. The Wharton School is a global leader in health care management and is one of the few schools of management with a dedicated health care program. The Graduate School of Fine Arts has programs in Regional Planning and in Landscape Architecture that focus on the impact of the built environment on human health. All of these programs share a campus, students, and faculty, with the health schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.

Much more about Life at Penn can be found here.

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What is Philadelphia like?

photoWe love it here and we think that you will too. Get to know the City of Brotherly Love via these online resources:

The uwishunu Tourism Blog in particular is a favorite of the Penn RWJ CSP staff:

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