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: Fall 2024

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.

Addressing Bias and Building Community at UC Irvine (ABC at UCI)

The University of California has provided each campus with one-time funding to address and combat antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bias, bigotry, and discrimination. Funds from this resource will support the Addressing Bias and Bigotry: Building Community at UCI (ABC at UCI)  grant program. The Office of Inclusive Excellence is now accepting proposals for up to $3,000 from UCI faculty, staff, and students. 

The ABC at UCI grant program aims to create and maintain a safe campus environment that values diversity, fosters inclusion, and is free from expressions of hate. Specific objectives include:

  • Addressing immediate mental health and trauma support needs of students, staff, and faculty;
  • Advancing understanding of the histories and current dynamics of conflict, bias, bigotry, and discrimination, including but not limited to antisemitism and Islamophobia;
  • Increasing the capacity for learning about free speech, hate speech, harassment, academic freedom, and UCI’s principles of community
  • Expanding the capacity for restorative practice, community building, and dialogue across differences.

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.

Call for applications and deadline to be determined. Please email for any questions.

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.

Deadline: Spring/ Summer 2024 funding available now. Applications due April 26th.

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 has now closed.

Deadline: There are no calls currently open.

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.