Funding Opportunities

Advancing Faculty Diversity Grants

A current 2022-23 Advancing Faculty Diversity Request for Proposals is open and the UCOP Advancing Faculty Diversity 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, up to two retention/climate-focused proposals, and up to one proposal focused on external grant fundraising projects may be submitted by the campus.  Those eligible department chairs, deans, or other academic leaders interested in submissions should contact Vice Chancellor Douglas Haynes at inclusion@uci.edu (Subject line: AFD 2022-23) at the earliest convenience to discuss.

The UCOP Advancing Faculty Diversity representatives held April 1 and April 7 information sessions and provided their slide deck  and notes for information. During the sessions, they confirmed that one proposal may include all project types for the climate/retention area as long as maximum funding request was $200,000. Each of these multi-component types of proposals for the climate/retention area will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline is May 16, 2022

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 2022-2023 are anticipated to start July 1, 2022, and will end on June 30, 2023, 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, 2021

The UC Irvine Chancellor's ADVANCE 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 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 are currently suspended (fall 2021 travel period of November 1, 2021-February 28, 2022 and winter 2022 period of March 1, 2022-June 30, 2022). A call for summer 2022 travel period of July 1, 2022-October 31, 2022, is expected to open May 1, 2022, pending COVID-19 circumstances and travel policies.

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 2022 FSP is now closed

Inclusive 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, 2021

President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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. 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.

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

All applicants should submit their application to the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

The UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports partner programs sponsored by the University of Michigan, University of Colorado, individual UC campuses and the UC-Affiliated National Laboratories. For more information, please contact ppfpinfo@berkeley.edu.

Temporary Reseach Enhancement Support

Eligibility for the UCI Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES) was open for fall 2021 cycle to UCI Senate faculty who are parents of children enrolled in grades 6 or under. The awards aimed to support the career development of UCI faculty, and provided funds that are taxable and reimbursed up to $1,000 for childcare expenses provided at home or by licensed providers observing federal/state/county/UCI health guidelines. Only childcare for pre-approved research productivity activities presented as part of applications due to COVID-19-impacted childcare needs were eligible for reimbursement.

UCI Senate faculty members in two-parent households each were able to apply for awards as long as productivity activities warrant this consideration.

The funding call for this temporary and emergency pilot is now closed and no longer accepting applications

UC-HBCU Initiative

Since the Initiative’s first summer of 2012, 699 HBCU scholars have participated in research internships, and all 10 UC campuses are active in the initiative. This initiative has been impactful to increase yield rates for African Americans in UC graduate programs, with an average yield rate among UC-HBCU enrollees at 89% (average UC yield rate among African Americans is approximately 50%). 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, with funds available after summer 2023 student lists are submitted in December 2022.

Deadline: 12 p.m. Pacific time on March 15, 2022

UC-HSI DDI

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