Primary care Investigators Training in Chronic disease & Health disparities
(PITCH) Fellowship



The goal of the HRSA T32 Primary care Investigators Training in Chronic disease & Health disparities (PITCH) Fellowship is to train the next generation of primary care clinical investigators to improve health outcomes and care delivery for patients with chronic diseases from under served backgrounds.

The PITCH Fellowship will recruit fellows from diverse backgrounds and train four (two first-year and two second-year) primary care fellows each year.  Research projects will be aimed primarily at transforming the health care system through value-based care delivery and quality improvement initiatives, as well as improving mental health access and care, ending the crisis of opioid use disorder and overdose in America, and ending the HIV epidemic.

Fellows will attain the core competencies for health services research and formal education addressing responsible conduct of research, oral and written presentation, manuscript and grant writing, leadership skills, and project management.  Fellows will be offered the opportunity to complete a Master of Science for Clinical Professionals or Master of Public Health, in addition to receiving dedicated, aligned mentorship with at least biweekly meetings and quarterly mentorship reviews.  Through these activities, our fellows will become experts in the key principles of primary care research affecting vulnerable populations, the communication of their findings, leveraging policy to improve equity, and gain the fundamental skills that are required for rigorous academic research careers.



All primary care clinicians with a commitment to a clinical investigator career will be considered for this two-year fellowship.  Non-clinical PhDs are also eligible.  Priority will be given to physician candidates from the specialties of internal medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, and infectious disease (HIV) and/or those from underrepresented backgrounds.  For those individuals pursuing ID/HIV or geriatrics, acceptance into the PITCH fellowship and the clinical fellowships can be coordinated.

If clinical, applicants must be board-eligible or board-certified in internal medicine, family medicine, and/or pediatrics and eligible for licensure in the State of Illinois by July 1 of their first fellowship year.  In addition, due to federal regulations based on our funding, applicants are required to be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residence status at the time of the application.


Application Process:

Applying requires a 1) CV, 2) personal statement, and 3) brief survey linked here:  The personal statement should explain why you are interested in this fellowship, your general area of research, name potential mentors, and describe your long-term goals including the position you think you would want after completing the fellowship.  The Fellowship has a particular interest in recruiting fellow from diverse backgrounds, so please also include information about your personal background.


Important dates:

Call for Applications: 4/1/2021-8/1/2021

Invitation to Interview: 7/1/2021-8/22/2021

2nd Call for Applications (if necessary): 8/1/2021-8/31/2021

Application Deadline: 9/10/2021

Applicant Interviews: 7/1/2021-9/30/2021

Deadline for Acceptance: 10/20/2021

Fellowship start date: 7/1/2022


If applicants move to the interview stage, then applicants will be asked to submit 3 letters of recommendation and an example of their research writing, if available.


To apply or if you have questions, please contact:
Morgan Ealey (Administrative Director) at
Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS (Program Director) at
Elbert Huang, MD, MPH (Co-Director) at