Periodontology Fellowship Director
Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD

Periodontology Fellowship Co-director
Guo-Hao (Alex) Lin, DDS, MS

Continuing Dental Education Office
Questions regarding application process

Fellowship in Periodontology

UCSF School of Dentistry, Division of Periodontology offers an intensive fellowship in periodontology. It provides research opportunities for collaborating with renowned UCSF faculty and scholars, in one of the world’s leading research and clinical training facilities. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for creative work that lead to published papers. The fellowship is open to graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada that are recognized by the World Health Organization.

Length of the Fellowship

The fellowship is offered for either one 9-month period, or one 12-month period. The fellowship is a full-time academic commitment.


There is 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 into the program, the tuition for the nine-month module is $18,000; the tuition for the 12-month program is $24,000. The fellows are responsible for their own living, housing, health insurance and visa expenses related to the program.

Status of the Fellows

Fellows will be visiting scholars registered through the Continuing Dental Education Department of the University of California, San Francisco.

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

Research Opportunities for the Fellowship

  • Basic science research in areas including host-bacterial interactions, oral biofilm biology, head and neck cancer carcinogenesis, omics related to the orofacial complex
  • Clinical research and evaluation of conditions relevant to clinical periodontology, including topics in implantology, hard and soft tissue regeneration and augmentation, soft tissue grafting, and oral-systemic conditions
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Laser utilization in periodontology
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Clinical Trials

Course of Studies

Upon arriving at UCSF, the fellows will meet with the program director and faculty who will specify the schedule of activities. Research opportunities under the guidance of a research mentor are a hallmark of the fellowship program. Fellows also will participate in the graduate didactic program offered by the Division of Periodontology. The academic program runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Elements of the program consist of:

  • Research training and experience
  • Observation activities in the Graduate Periodontology Clinics during clinic sessions
  • Classic literature review with faculty
  • Contemporary literature review with faculty
  • Treatment Planning Seminars
  • Multidisciplinary Implant Conference
  • Practice Management Seminars
  • Didactic/Seminar courses in Periodontal Surgery and Implantology

Number of Positions

1-3 fellows per module

Program Status

This fellowship program is not accredited by any national or local accreditation body. Upon completion of the fellowship, preceptors will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the UCSF School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education 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.

Admissions Process

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Successful completion of dental degree education
  • English language proficiency
  • Reason for seeking education in periodontics
  • Content of confidential reports

Full-time Faculty Mentors

Please complete and return the following:

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

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

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

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