Funding Programs

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The UCI Chancellor’s 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.

UC Irvine began funding the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPFP) in 2013. Chancellor’s 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, 2022

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

Confronting Extremism

UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence Confronting Extremism

Understanding extremism is a fundamental responsibility for citizenship in the 21st century. The scale and scope of extremism poses a threat to our civic institutions, democratic values and our very multi-cultural society. It demands more than an initiative. It is for this reason that Vice Chancellor Douglas Haynes is announcing the establishment of Confronting Extremism as a dedicated campus-wide program. The former initiative responded to an event, the program is designed to fortify our resilience as a campus community while advancing our commitment to inclusive excellence.

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 eligible 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 complements 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.

Calls for funding: are offered three times per year, with specific deadlines. Sessions funded include:

  • fall term - covering the travel period from November 1 to the end of February
  • winter - covering the  travel period from March 1 to June 30
  • summer - covering the travel period from July 1 to October 31

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.

The Faculty Success Program provides participants with a supportive community committed to accelerating productivity and advancing career goals. UC faculty have benefited 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

The Spring and Summer 2024 Call for Funding is now open.

Deadline: September 22nd, 2023

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. Senate faculty 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 postponed

The University of California system provides funds to support diversity, equity, and inclusion on each campus. The following funds are available by applying to each respective UC page, rather than through the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence. Advancing Faculty Diversity Grants provide faculty members funds for recruitment and retention in topics regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University of California’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 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. UC-HBCU aims to build relationships and cultivate greater enrollment of HBCU scholars at UC as a long-term investment. UC-HSI DDI aims to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented students from California Hispanic Serving Institutions through competitive grants and funding to support PhD students.