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, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.

Resources for:


2023-24 President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship awards

The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is pleased to announce the 2023-24 President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. These fellows provide an outstanding pool of potential new faculty members in a wide range of disciplines. Learn more about the 2023-24 PRESIDENT’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS >>


Applicants must hold or receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their discipline (JD, MD, MFA, DVM, EdD, etc.) from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Learn more about ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA >>

PPFP/Mellon Foundation UC-HSI Initiative for Humanities

On July 15, 2021, the University of California announced the receipt of a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP).  Learn more about the PPFP/MELLON FOUNDATION UC-HSI INITIATIVE >>

Proof of Concept at the University of California

A long-standing program to diversify academic faculty in California is becoming a model for inclusive hiring nationwide. Learn more about the status of the PPFP/MELLON FOUNDATION UC-HSI INITIATIVE >>

The Partnership for Faculty Diversity

In 2011, the University of California and the University of Michigan created the Partnership for Faculty Diversity to support new scholars. Learn more about the PARTNERSHIP >>

Fellows in the News


Two UC Santa Cruz scientists named 2024 Sloan Research Fellows

Assistant Professor Roxanne Beltran and Assistant Professor Jacqueline Kimmey have been awarded the Sloan Research Fellowships honoring early-career scientists.  Read more >