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.

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2021-22 President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship awards

The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is pleased to announce the 2021-22 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 2021-22 PRESIDENT’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS >>

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 >>

UC President’s Initiative

University of California President Janet Napolitano committed $5 million to support new hiring incentives and professional development programs. Learn more about HIRING INCENTIVES >>

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 >>

PPFP 30th Anniversary Celebration

In October 2014, PPFP celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a two-day professional development conference for all former UC President’s and Chancellor’s fellows and UC faculty mentors who have supported the programs.  Learn more about the 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION >>

Fellows in the News

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe nominated to be Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science. 

The Department of Energy Office of Science is the federal government's largest funder of fundamental research in the physical sciences.  Pending Senate confirmation, Dr. Berhe will be the first person of color to lead the Office of Science.  

Read more about Dr. Berhe and other Fellows in the news >