Continuing Dental Education Office
Questions regarding application process

Program Director
Mona Bajestan, DDS, MS
Program related questions

Fellowship in Orthodontics

The Division of Orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco offers a one-year fellowship to overseas-qualified orthodontists.

The program offers full participation in the didactic program and clinical observation, while working with our highly qualified faculty. In addition there will be opportunities for clinically oriented research.

International fellows who require visa sponsorship will be required to be supported on the J-1 Student-Non Degree visa. For information on the J-1 Student Non-Degree visa, visit the UCSF International Student and Scholars Office website or email

All fellows are expected to conduct a research project and submit an article to a peer-reviewed journal during their tenure. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will receive a certificate of completion as documentation of their participation in the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time postgraduate students in specialty programs as a qualification for recognition by the American Dental Association, nor is it considered in the United States as evidence of advanced study or recognition of specialty training.

In order to qualify for this opportunity the fellow must have completed dental school and at least a two-year orthodontic program with a certificate of orthodontics in their home country. The applicant must submit documentation to verify their orthodontic specialty training. Applicants for the fellowship position must also submit at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the orthodontic program from which they graduated. Furthermore, the fellow must have at least two years of practice experience either as faculty in a dental school's orthodontic program or in private practice. A TOEFL test is required to ensure proficiency in the English language. The UCSF International office will assist the applicant with the visa application.


A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $250 USD. You may pay by credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX) or by check — please make checks payable to UC REGENTS. If accepted, the fee for the one-year program is $55,000 USD. The applicants are responsible for their own living and housing expenses while in the program.

Application Process

Please complete and return the following:

  1. Three (3) Confidential Reports
  2. Ortho Fellowship Application
  3. State of Proficiency in English form

ALL application materials must be in one package and mailed to:

UCSF School of Dentistry
Preceptorship Program
707 Parnassus Avenue, D-4010
San Francisco, CA 94143

Incomplete applications will prohibit applicants from moving forward in the application process.