UC Santa Cruz Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships

UC Santa Cruz funds two types of Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program awards:  one that is fully funded, and one that is awarded without salary for those who have secured an alternative source of postdoctoral funding. UC Santa Cruz seeks scholars from all academic fields who show promise for a tenure-track appointment and who will contribute to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or service at the University of California. CPFs Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to improve diversity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz, through activities on campus or through outreach. Awards may be for up to two years in residence at UC Santa Cruz.

In addition to fully funding one Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz also sponsors awards for highly-ranked PPFP finalists who obtain funding from other sources. These additional Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships (CPF) provide $5,000 in research/travel funds. All Fellows, regardless of whether they are appointed with or without salary, participate in the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) professional development activities and are eligible for the hiring incentive


UC Santa Cruz seeks scholars with an excellent research agenda who show promise for a tenure-track appointment and who will contribute to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or service. The candidate must hold or receive a doctorate by the July 1 appointment start date and must have completed the application and review process for the PPFP. CPF candidates must also meet all criteria of the PPFP and score highly in the PPFP review process


There are two types of CPF awards at UC Santa Cruz, Without Salary (WOS) and campus-funded salary. Both types provide an annual $5,000 research/travel fund and access to the PPFP network. Both award types are for twelve months and are renewable for a second year upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in PPFP events. Funding source(s) for WOS type candidates must cover at least the minimum salary for UC postdoctoral scholars based on years of experience (please see Academic Salary Scales, Postdoctoral Scholar) and must cover or provide funding for benefits.


Successful candidates must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship and work authorization is possible for successful applicants. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold or receive a doctoral degree by the start of their fellowship on July 1.


Candidates for the UC Santa Cruz CPF must follow the same application procedures as candidates for the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship program and should submit their applications to the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at: http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/how-to-apply/index.html. Applications must be completed online by November 1. If a PPFP applicant ranks highly but does not receive the PPFP, and obtains an alternate source of salary funding subsequent to submission, they should notify the UC Santa Cruz Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at avpaa@ucsc.edu. Priority will be given to requests received by March 15, but candidates who receive notification of an alternative funding source after March 15 should still notify avpaa@ucsc.edu if they are interested in being considered. 


After PPFP selections have been made, the UC Santa Cruz campus is provided with a list of eligible candidates for CPF. A committee will be convened, and will select the funded CPF for that year. Candidates will be selected based on their applications to the PPFP, which will be reviewed for both academic merit of the postdoctoral research proposal and proposed contributions to diversity through research, teaching, or service. UC Santa Cruz Ph.D. recipients will only be considered if their proposed postdoctoral work is substantially different from their doctoral thesis work, and their proposed mentor is in a different department from their dissertation advisor and from the department from which they received their Ph.D. For the WOS CPFs, once they have indicated their interest in the program and have identified an outside funding source, they should submit their name for consideration to avpaa@ucsc.edu. Files will be reviewed and up to two CPFs WOS selected each year. 

Further information about the UC system-wide President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is available at: http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/index.html or by emailing ppfpinfo@berkeley.edu.

For additional questions about UC Santa Cruz Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships, please email the Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at avpaa@ucsc.edu