Research Opportunities


Penn Psychiatry has a tradition of excellence in research and is the academic home of world-renowned leaders in basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience. We perennially rank among the top five in NIH-funded research institutions in psychiatry. Cutting-edge research is a priority here, and our vibrant community creates a wealth of opportunities for residents. Our goal is to facilitate scholarly research for all residents during their training, regardless of previous research experiences. For more information on research programs in our department, please visit:

A unique strength of Penn is that all schools (Medicine, CHOP, Wharton, Arts and Sciences, Annenberg, and more) are housed on a single campus. The psychiatry residency supports research opportunities across Penn. To get a broader look at neuroscience faculty and research, please visit:


Research Track

For applicants with more extensive research backgrounds and dedication to a future psychiatric research career, Penn Psychiatry offers an NIMH-funded Research Track, Educating Physician Scientists in Psychiatry (EPSP). EPSP integrates substantial protected research time into residency training, along with comprehensive mentorship and career development programs. For more information, please click here.   

How to apply

To apply to EPSP for entry as a PGY1, please apply to the general Penn Psychiatry Residency and indicate your interest in EPSP in the application. You can also directly contact the EPSP Program Director, Matthew Kayser. Please note there is no separate ERAS match number for EPSP. 


Interviews for EPSP occur over 1 and ½ days on Thursdays-Fridays during interview season. Applicants will have an opportunity to meet program leadership, learn about the broader neuroscience community at Penn, hear a sampling of faculty research talks, and meet with individual researchers. The visit also includes lunch and dinner with current residents and a tour of our facilities. Our goal is to provide you with a strong sense for the incomparable neuroscience and psychiatric research community across Penn, as well as the flexibility and support EPSP offers on your road towards becoming an independent physician scientist. Thank you for your interest in our program!

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