Biomedical research faculty diversity is an ongoing, recalcitrant challenge. Much evidence has demonstrated that the academic pipeline is most leaky during the postdoctoral phase and that faculty diversity will increase as more postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds transitioned onto the market and were hired into academic positions. Based on this evidence, the Bio Sci Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will invest in a new pilot program to recruit and train a diverse pool of postdoctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing academic careers. The program will provide two $25,000 recruitment fellowships, to be used by mentoring faculty to recruit highly competitive postdoctoral fellows. The fellowship may not be used to partially defray salary or benefits and must be provided to the prospective fellow as a supplement to standard salary and benefit packages to aid with recruitment. The fellowship is paid out in increments over the first year of employment for the postdoctoral fellow.

Eligible fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree within the last three years, demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and a clear interest in applying for academic positions within the UC system. The evaluation process will take into consideration evidence of research productivity, potential for success in an independent research career, and a strong track record of contributions to diversity. Women and individuals from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Prospective fellows may apply before receiving their doctoral degree, provided that their defense date is prior to July 1 of the same year.

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Awardees are expected, within the first year of being in the lab, to apply to the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (UC PPFP). The UC PPFP was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California.

Awardees will have dedicated mentorship and help in preparing the UC PPFP application and opportunities to network with current fellows and former fellows who are now faculty at UCI. Awardees will also have access to a suite of professional development resources through GPS-STEM including formal training in grant writing, paper writing, effective mentoring, and science communication.

Application Process:

The applicant must be nominated by a full-time senate faculty member with a primary appointment in the School of Biological Sciences. The nomination packet should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae or NIH biosketch
  • Research Statement (max 3 pages, single spaced, 11pt font, 0.5 inch margins)
  • Inclusive Excellence Statement (max 2 pages, single spaced, 11pt font, 0.5 inch margins)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Ph.D. Advisor
  • Letter of Support from the Prospective Postdoctoral Mentor

The complete application must be emailed as a single combined PDF to inclusionbiosci@uci.edu before 5PM on the deadline.

Important Dates:

April 15, 2021: Application opens
May 17, 2021:
Deadline for application submission
June 15, 2021:
Awards announced
July 1, 2021:
Funding allocated