Postdoctoral Scholars

A postdoctoral appointment is a temporary one designed to give individuals an opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The time spent as a postdoc is in preparation for a career progression in academe, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector. For many, postdoctoral work is a critical step in securing future employment.

A Postdoctoral Scholar is an individual who:

  • Has been awarded a doctoral degree (or equivalent) within the past ten years.
  • Will pursue a full-time program of advanced training and research under the direction of a Principal Investigator (PI) with an appointment in an academic School or Organized Research Unit (ORU).
  • Will be supported by campus research grants or contracts, by fellowships administered by the campus, or by other approved fund sources.
  • Has not previously been a Postdoctoral Scholar for more than 5 years combined (this includes all institutions, domestic and international, as well as UC Merced).

Detailed information is available at:

Chapter 3, Section 07 of the MAPP

Postdoctoral Scholar Services

Required Forms

Training

The current President's Postdoctoral Fellowship 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.  Hiring Incentive for President's Postdoctoral Fellows

The Merced Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.  Application is through the UC PPFP, and candidates will be considered for funding from both programs.  Learn more about the UC Merced Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program here.