Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (CPF) Program FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidelines for Mentors and Host Departments

Faculty Mentors

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship mentors are members of the faculty, usually tenured, who are expected to (1) take an active role in helping the fellow to plan and achieve his or her research goals, (2) assist the fellow in establishing a visible presence in the unit, (3) facilitate opportunities for the fellow to participate in national and international research meetings, (4) encourage the fellow to focus full-time on research and avoid other commitments such as teaching or outside employment, (5) assist the fellow in seeking opportunities to present papers or to interview for faculty positions at the other campuses, and (6) attend the program’s professional development activities.

The program encourages mentors to meet with their fellows at the beginning of the fellowship to discuss their working arrangements and consider appropriate long and short term goals for the term of the fellowship.   The mentor should not expect to meet all of the fellow’s career development needs personally, but should provide an overall framework to ensure that the fellow has access to a broad academic network to support his or her work. 

Mentors may also play an important role in advising fellows about the academic job market and making connections to related departments at other campuses that may be interested in the fellow for a faculty appointment. 

Host Units

Host units are encouraged to welcome the fellow into the unit and make every effort to ensure that the fellow is included in communications about colloquia, seminars and social events.  Host units are expected to provide the fellow with information about salary and benefits and administer the fellow’s research and professional travel funds.  Host units are expected to provide the fellow with access to appropriate and routine administrative support such as telephone lines, departmental mail services, libraries and technical support.

Teaching Policy

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs are designed to provide new scholars with time to focus on research and publishing activities that will enhance their prospects for appointment as tenure-track faculty members. The terms of the fellowships do not allow teaching without prior approval from the faculty mentor and the Vice Provost for the Faculty, Gregg Camfield. It will be approved only if the teaching opportunity appears to serve the fellow’s career development.

The programs may approve teaching commitments under the following circumstances:

  1. The teaching involves a small, focused course (i.e. an upper division or graduate seminar) that is closely related to the fellow’s area of research;
  2. The fellow is in a field where teaching is expected to be part of postdoctoral fellowship appointments;
  3. The fellow has done little teaching and needs to add teaching experience in order to be competitive for tenure-track faculty appointments.

The programs will not approve teaching responsibilities that will interfere with the time fellows need to devote to their research. The programs would not look favorably at a request to teach a large introductory class or a request from a fellow with significant prior teaching experience.  Teaching at another institution is prohibited and may result in the loss of fellowship support.

All requests to teach must be submitted for approval to the faculty mentor and then to the fellowship program office for approval.  Requests to the program office may be made by email to the University of California President's and Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, ppfinfo@berkeley.edu with a copy to the Vice Provost for the Faculty, Gregg Camfield, at academicpersonnel@ucmerced.edu.