Prospective Scholars

The UCSF IRACDA Scholars Program is structured to provide up to three years of salary support in accordance with current NIH guidelines. It is expected that all scholars will work to secure independent funding (NIH-NRSA, Private Fellowships, or NIH-K awards) at the end of their three-year IRACDA period in order to establish a vibrant, independent research program. Scholars will also be expected to participate in research-based mentoring of undergraduate students (during the summer) from our partner school San Francisco State University (SFSU) and will also obtain a finite teaching experience with one of SFSU’s master teaching mentors. SFSU has a demonstrated commitment to provide training and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Ongoing monthly workshops are organized by the UCSF IRACDA Leadership and will include collaborations with various other UCSF entitites such as the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars to facilitate development of critical skills including mentoring, grant writing, and professional development.

UCSF IRACDA Scholars will receive salary, travel funds to attend the annual national IRACDA conference and at least one other scientific meeting per year, and a small annual research allowance. All UCSF postdocs are entitled to the standard UCSF Postdoctoral Scholar benefits package.

Mentor Selection
Selecting a UCSF research mentor is not required to submit an application, however, applicants are encouraged to have an idea of a UCSF faculty member with whom you are interested in working. On the application form, please identify three UCSF faculty members of interest. We ask that you think carefully about this choice and list appropriate mentors with an active research program and with a proven track record in mentoring, publishing, and securing research funding. You are not limited to working with current or former UCSF IRACDA research mentors. If you have already contacted UCSF faculty please state this in your application. Please note that the UCSF IRACDA faculty advisory committee must approve all research mentors.

Application Process

Components of the application include: (1) completing the online form, (2) uploading a CV including publications, and (3) a one-page personal statement. Successful applicant personal statements generally address an applicants background and involvement with their scientific community as well as briefly addressing postdoctoral research golas and an explanation about why UCSF IRACDA is an important next step for the applicant's career.

Competitive applicants will be interviewed via Zoom in mid-May and will be notified by late May or early June. Please note, the strongest recommendation letters (we require 2 letters - one from current research advisor and a second from a mentor of your choice) are those that focus on the applicant’s research ability and potential for a faculty position. Current UCSF postdocs within their first year of training and advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply.

  • US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Committed to pursing an academic career in biomedical research with a demonstrated record.
  • Committed to outreach and increasing diversity in academia.
  • Doctoral degree received prior to starting the program, and ready to be appointed from August 1 - October 1. Ideal candidates will have less than 1 year of postdoctoral experience at time of appointment to program.
  • Candidates from underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

The UCSF IRACDA Program is committed to providing access for all people with disabilities. UCSF will provide reasonable accommodations to any disabled applicant or postdoc in the program upon request.




For more information, contact the UCSF IRACDA Program Manager:

Anne Sufka

[email protected]




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