Funding Programs

ADVANCE Program for Equity & Diversity: Expect Equity, Support diversity, and Practice Inclusion


Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship 

The UCI Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to qualified scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education for women and minorities, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities.

The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Participants in both the President’s and Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are eligible for the University of California Hiring Incentive.

Appointments for 2021-2022 are anticipated to start July 1, 2021, and will end on June 30, 2022, regardless of start date.

UC Irvine began funding the Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CAPFP) in 2013. Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellows are selected from the pool of applicants who identified mentors at UC Irvine and submitted their applications to the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Deadline: November 1, 2020


The UC Irvine Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship is a partnership of several campus units including the Offices of the Provost, Dean of the Graduate Division, and Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

UCI Dependent Care Travel Awards 

All qualifying senate members (who are parents of a child age 6 years or younger at the time of application) are invited to apply for an ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Award. These awards are designed to subsidize childcare costs associated with travel to a professional conference or research meeting; the awards may also be used for daycare costs incurred during an approved sabbatical leave that requires relocation.

As a number of studies have shown, balancing work and family remains a persistent challenge for the knowledge and technology workforce, especially at our nation’s leading research universities. The cost of such dependent care has been shown to inhibit participation which may impair professional visibility as well as networking opportunities at a critical time for pre-tenure faculty.

The ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Awards Program will complement existing “family friendly” resources in support of work-life balance while promoting the career success of men and women faculty. This program, now funded by the campus, was originally piloted by an Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Grant (2008-2011) to UCI. During the grant period the UCI ADVANCE Program funded 79 awards to enable faculty to attend professional conferences and research meetings.

Future calls: Calls for summer 2020 travel period of July 1, 2020-October 31, 2020, fall 2020 travel period of November 1, 2020-February 28, 2021,  and winter 2021 period of March 1, 2021-June 30, 2021, are currently suspended due to COVID-19 travel bans. Please review the Temporary Research Enhancement Support opportunity for potential assistance.


Faculty Success Program 

As part of our institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, campus faculty and postdoctoral fellows may participate in the Faculty Success Program at a discounted tuition rate.

The Faculty Success Program provides participants with a supportive community committed to accelerating productivity and advancing career goals. UC faculty have benefitted from the Faculty Success Program through:

  • Setting achievable personal and professional goals
  • Establishing a consistent, healthy, and sustainable daily writing routine
  • Developing a publication profile that exceeds the institution’s promotion criteria
  • Mastering best-practices in academic time management
  • Identifying areas of resistance and developing strategies to move through them
  • Nourishing physical and emotional health
  • Providing a supportive community to process challenges and celebrate successes

Call for summer 2021 FSP closes March 9, 2021


Additional Funding Opportunities for Faculty 

Inclusive Excellence Spirit Awards

Inclusive excellence is integral to UC Irvine’s ascendancy among globally preeminent universities. This commitment animates our research, teaching and service mission as a land-grant public university. The purpose of the Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award is to promote advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion at UC Irvine. Award  recipients may use funds for research costs and/or release time.  Through support of faculty activity in this vital area, this award program will spur the growth of campus capacity for inclusive excellence among faculty, students, staff, as well as the communities served by UCI locally, nationally, and globally.

Deadline: October 31, 2020


UC-HBCU Initiative

Since the Initiative’s first summer of 2012, 640 HBCU scholars have participated in research internships across 9 UC campuses. There are currently 70 PhD students and two academic master’s students enrolled across eight UC campuses as a direct result of this initiative. Building relationships and cultivating greater enrollment of HBCU scholars at UC are long-term priorities and investments. Project progress reports are required of Principal Investigators and program outcomes are evaluated. Awards will be announced in July.

Deadline: March 15, 2021


UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (UCPPFP)

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current 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.

Deadline: November 1, 2018

2018 UCI CAPFP / PPFP Workshop Presentation


UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI)

Launched in fall 2019, the UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) aims to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented students from California Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The UC-HSI DDI program includes two components—

  • Competitive grant awards to UC faculty/faculty administrators that will support short-term and long-term programs/projects to enhance and expand pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented minorities, with a goal to increase faculty diversity and inclusion at UC.
  • Funding to support graduate student preparation for the professoriate. Specifically, there are resources to help support a limited number of PhD students, who are California HSI alumni and have advanced to candidacy at UC, to foster their interest and preparation for the professoriate. Additional professional development outreach and support for underrepresented PhD students is also available to encourage and help equip them to consider careers in the professoriate.

Deadline: January 24, 2020


Advancing Faculty Diversity Grants

A current 2021-22 Advancing Faculty Diversity Request  for Proposals is open and the University of California AFD program requests submissions that consider the COVID-19 circumstances and ways to improve diverse faculty recruitment, retention and climate.  Up to two recruitment-focused proposals and up to two retention/climate-focused proposals may be submitted by the campus and those eligible department chairs, deans, or other academic leaders interested in submissions should contact Vice Chancellor Douglas Haynes at at the earliest convenience to discuss.

The UCOP Advancing Faculty Diversity representatives also will hold information sessions at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on April 14 and April 19.  RSVP if interested to attend one of the UCOP Advancing Faculty Diversity RFP information sessions– April 14 or April 19.  Attendance is not required for proposal submission and each session covers both recruitment and climate proposals and provides opportunities to ask questions about potential submissions.

to increase faculty diversity and to improve campus climates and retention for diverse faculty.  Those eligible department chairs, deans, or other academic leaders interested in submissions should contact Vice Chancellor Douglas Haynes at in advance of the deadline date.

Deadline is May 21, 2021

Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES)

UCI Senate faculty who are parents of children enrolled in grades K-6 are invited to submit applications by July 2, 2021, for UCI Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES) awards. The awards aim to support the career development of UCI faculty, and provide funds that are taxable and reimburse up to $1,000 for childcare expenses provided at home or by licensed providers observing federal/state/county/UCI health guidelines during times when faculty complete virtual selected productivity activities. Please visit the webpage for more information and to submit an application. This program will temporarily replace the Dependent Care Travel Awards program while travel restrictions are in place due to COVID-19.

Deadline is July 2, 2021

For additional faculty resources, please visit the Office of Inclusive Excellence Faculty Resource page.