Funding Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible for funding from many sources. You should discuss internal sources of funding with the faculty principal investigator with whom you work or expect to work and visit the website of the UCI school or department of your academic and research interest.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and GRC provide grant writing workshops for Postdoctoral Scholars.

For assistance with planning and developing proposals, please see the Office of Research website.

Recent Funding Announcements

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the opportunity for postdocs to intern with media organizations. This 10-week summer program provides $500 per week plus travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites.  Fellows have an opportunity to sharpen their skills in the public communication of science.  The fellowship is open to the social sciences as well as the hard sciences and engineering. Due January 15, 2017. Details

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Minorities- Burroughs Welcome Fund

The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. Due January 17, 2017.  Details

L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  In the US, the L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Due February 3, 2017.  Details

New Funding Opportunity from HHMI- Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition, which is now open for applications. Applicants cannot have more than 1 year of postdoctoral research experience at application due date of February 15, 2017. Details

The California Council on Science and Technology accepting applications for the 2018 Class of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.

This program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science and engineering, and in social science fields such as economics. Applicants range from new graduates, postdoctoral scholars, tenured faculty, and industry staff. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at  As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Senate or State Assembly, they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California --- a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world. Due February 28, 2017.

Funding Databases

Listed below are links to funding databases and current postdoctoral scholar funding opportunities from federal agencies, private foundations, UC programs, and others.

STEM Funding

Humanities and Social Sciences Funding

All Academic Disciplines and UC Postdoc Fellowships