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UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

University of California--Office of President

Program Summary:

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 President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to all qualified candidates who are committed to university careers in research, teaching, and service that will enhance the diversity of the academic community at the University of California. For fellowships in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Professions, the program will prefer candidates whose research emphasizes issues such as diversity, multi-culturalism and communities underserved by traditional academic research. For fellowships in Math, Engineering, Life Science and Physical Science, the program will prefer candidates who have participated in teaching, mentoring or outreach programs that promote educational opportunities for underrepresented students in higher education.


Fellowships are awarded through competitions open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Applicants with more than 3 years of postdoctoral experience are not eligible. Applications from qualified persons are accepted and reviewed without regard to race, gender, or ethnicity. Only those who anticipate completion of their Ph.D. degrees by July 1, 2004 should be apply.


Fellowships are awarded for research conducted under faculty sponsorship on any one of the University of California's nine campuses. The University awards 15-20 postdoctoral fellowships every year. Awards include a stipend of $33,800-$35,300, which will increase upon renewal, health benefits, and up to $4,000 for research-related expenses. For awards in Mathematics, Engineering and the Physical Sciences, the stipend will range from $35,300-$44,000 depending upon experience. Each award is for a 12-month period, renewable for one year only upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in the Annual Fall Meeting and the Academic Spring Retreat.


All application materials must be postmarked by November 15, 2003.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to:

Obtain the sponsorship of a University of California faculty member, other than the applicant’s Ph.D. dissertation advisor, who is willing to serve as a mentor.

Send a completed application including the following:

1.Three Copies:

Application data form completed by the applicant (2 pages)
Research summary form completed by the applicant
An abstract of the applicant’s Ph.D. dissertation
Educational background form completed by the applicant
Mentor form completed by the mentor
Three reference forms completed by three referees, one of which must be the Ph.D. dissertation advisor (Please make 3 copies of the form)

2.One Copy:
An official copy of the applicant’s graduate transcripts
Applicant’s curriculum vitae
A sample publication or unpublished research paper

Submit an electronic Application Data Form. Forms are located on the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program’s website at:

If you have any problems submitting the data form, send an e-mail to Program Coordinator Kimberly Adkinson at
The complete paper application must be mailed to:

The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Academic Advancement
University of California - Office of the President
1111 Franklin Street, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607-5200

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