UC-Wide Funding

Advancing Faculty Diversity Grants

A Call for Proposals for the 2023-24 UC Advancing Faculty Diversity Program closed on May 26, 2023. The program provides Senate faculty with project funding in two tracks: recruitment and climate and retention track (a maximum total of four campus proposals).

All submissions are routed through the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, with accompanying official endorsement from the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor. For more information about the Advancing Faculty Diversity Program, please view the UC website and reports at: https://ucop.edu/faculty-diversity/index.html.

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.

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


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