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Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (CPF) Program

The Program

The UC Merced Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (CPF) Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for the UC-system 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. 

These contributions to diversity and equal opportunity may include public service, addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational backgrounds or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.  The CPF fellows are selected through the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) online application and system-wide faculty review process.

Program Description

Criteria: Candidates must be scholars who will contribute to diversity in higher education through their teaching, research or service and who will have a doctorate awarded by the start of the appointment. 

Administered by: Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education

Due Date: November 1

Award:  The minimum award for 2019 fellowships is $50,760. The award also includes health insurance, vision and dental benefits, 24 days paid time off and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Awards will be made to applicants who show promise for tenure-track appointments. The Fellowship will be up to two years, in residence at the Merced campus.  Each award is for a 12-month period, renewable for one year upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in program events.

Eligibility:  Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows are selected from the pool of applicants who identify mentors at UC Merced and submit their applications to the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship applications are reviewed by a committee appointed by the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and must receive a doctorate by the start of the appointment.

Application Process: All applicants for the UC Merced Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program should submit their applications to the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, in accordance with the PPFP submission deadlines. 

Awards will be announced in March. The campus reserves the right not to award a fellowship in any given year for which a call for applications/nominations has been issued.

Questions about the UC Merced program may be directed to

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Current Call for Applications

Current and Past Fellows 

  • 2011-2013, Elizabeth A. McDade-Montez, Inaugural Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Engineering
  • 2014-2016, Kit William Myers, School of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
  • 2015-2016, Makenzie Provorse, School of Natural Sciences
  • 2016-2017, Oana David, School of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
  • 2016-2017, Mark Fleming, School of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
  • 2017-2019, Marie Claire Chelini, School of Natural Sciences
  • 2017-2019, Fernanda Santos, School of Natural Sciences
  • 2018-2019, Colleen Cheverko, School of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
  • 2018-2019, Marie-Elena de Trinidad Young, School of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities