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University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Advancing excellence through faculty diversity

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

Contributions to Diversity and Equal Opportunity: These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Faculty Appointments: The goal of the program is to provide research opportunity and career development for scholars whose work will enhance the diversity of the academic community at the University of California. Approximately 75% of UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellows have received tenure track faculty appointments. Since 2003, over 90 former fellows received faculty appointments at University of California campuses.


Partnership for Faculty Diversity: The UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program partners with sister programs sponsored by the President of the University of Michigan and by the Chancellors of individual UC campuses.

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