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Resources for Trainees

Professional Development:

PET AY 2020-2021 Professional Development Series - Recorded Videos:

Courses and Lectures:

UCSD Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs Calendar (e.g. Research Ethics, Job Interview skills, Postdoc Health & Wellness series, IDPs, industry connections, funding, roundtables, etc.): 

Grants and Fellowships for Current and Prospective Trainees from Diverse Backgrounds:       

​Funding Opportunity
(For Current Trainees)
Purpose/EligibilityWho applies? Details
NIH F31 - Individual NRSA for Diverse PhD Students​NIH F31 - Individual NRSA for Diverse PhD Students    Fellowship support for the research training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.​PhD StudentApplication Deadlines: April 8,  August 8,  December 8
NIH F99/K00 - NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award​The NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award supports the pre- to post-doctoral transition of diverse graduate students.​PhD Student​December 13, 2018; April 15, 2019; December 13, 2019; April 15, 2020; December 15, 2020; April 15, 2021
Predoctoral Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Fellowship​Funded by a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MFP has created the Predoctoral Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Fellowship to support the training of practitioners in behavioral health services and prevention. This fellowship program is designed for students in clinical, counseling and school psychology, and other psychology doctoral students whose training prepares them for careers in behavioral health services. It is not required for applicants to come from communities of color but these applicants are especially encouraged to apply.​PhD student. No interns.​3 years maximum financial support, travel support (limited), dissertation support.
K22 - NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research​To support diverse postdocs to develop their independent research skills through a two-phase program: an initial mentored research experience followed by a period of independent research.​Postdoctoral Fellow

​February 12, June 12,
October 12

​K99/R00 - BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity​To enhance biomedical research workforce diversity by supporting a mentored research experience (K99) followed by independent research (R00) for postdoctoral fellows working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative. ​Postdoctoral Fellow​February 10, 2020, June 10, 2020, October 9, 2020; February 10, 2021; June 9, 2021; October 6, 2021; February 10, 2022; June 8, 2022; October 11, 2022
Alzheimer's Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity (AARF-D)​To support exceptional scientist from underrepresented groups working in Alzheimer’s and all other dementia research, and who are engaged in their post-graduate work (i.e. postdoctoral fellows) and before they have their first independent faculty positions (i.e. Assistant Professor) and working in diverse areas of research including basic, translational, clinical, functional and social-behavioral research.​Postdoctoral Fellow​<10 years post terminal degree
MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) ​The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is part of NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of talented postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent faculty careers in research-intensive institutions. The MOSAIC K99/R00 program is intended to foster the development of creative, innovative, independent researchers who will be competitive for subsequent independent biomedical research funding, and who will enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce.​Postdoctoral Fellow.  Individuals must be in mentored, postdoctoral training positions to be eligible to apply to the K99/R00 program.​The K99/R00 award will provide up to 5 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase will provide support for up to 2 years of mentored postdoctoral research training and career development. The second (R00) phase will provide up to 3 years of independent research support, which is contingent on satisfactory progress during the K99 phase and an approved, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position. The K99 is not intended to extend time in the postdoctoral lab while an individual is on the job market.
ACTRI KL2​As part of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), the KL2 grant mechanism is an institutional equivalent of a K23, K01, or K08 award for junior faculty. The KL2 also provides didactic opportunities through ACTRI's CREST program and a mentored research experience. Successful applicants will receive up to three years of support pending good progress. ​Candidates must be 5 years or fewer post-completion of a post-doctoral fellowship. Candidates must have a letter of support from their departmental chair to apply. Individuals who have already received a K grant, R01, or R01 equivalent grant are not eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Candidates from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. The NIH has recently formalized the definition of underrepresented groups:​Awardees must commit to 75% research effort and the awardees' home departments must commit to honoring this 75% research effort as documented in the Chair's letter. In return, ACTRI will grant up to $120,000 towards salary, plus benefits. Practicing clinicians in certain procedurally-oriented fields such as surgery may be eligible to commit 50% research effort. Please contact us for more information about this exception for procedurally-oriented fields.
UCSD Graduate Fellowship Initiative ​The Graduate Fellowship Initiative (GFI) was established in 2017 as a way to 1.) diversify the types of and 2.) increase the number of student-initiated extramural fellowships awarded to UC San Diego graduate students. The Graduate Division, in partnership with a student's home academic department, will supplement tuition and fees for select extramural fellowships. The primary list of approved student-initiated extramural fellowships is below, but please note this list is not exhaustive. Should a graduate student receive a fellowship not noted anywhere on this page, please email to discuss the specifics. New fellowships will be added to this list as the program continues.​Graduate student who has secured other extramural funding (e.g. Ford Foundation Fellowship, Soros Fellowship, Fullbright etc.)​To request Graduate Fellowship Initiative support, departmental graduate coordinators should submit the form linked below. Students receiving extramural fellowships cannot submit this request form, instead they should work with staff in their home academic department to request GFI support.
Ford Foundation Fellowship​"Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation
seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and
university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial
diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity,
and to increase the number of professors who can and will
use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all
​Phd Student​Most recent deadline: December 17, 2020. An annual stipend of $27,000 for three years • An invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows • Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons – a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current Fellows – and access to other networking resources
​Fullbright IIE Fellowships ​Sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.​Non-US based students ​Depends on country, duration, travel, room and board
Fullbright US Student Program​The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.​ Graduate Students​"Contact Fullbright Program Advisor: Michelle Monroy
Graduate Fellowship Advisor
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship​Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. ​Phd Student​Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Here is the break down: Each Fellow receives $25,000 in stipend support a year (all stipend awards are capped at $50,000 per year), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
​Gates Millenium Scholars ​The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.​Current or prospective graduate student and former Gates Millennium Scholar​"Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid.

Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
​PEO Internation Scholar Awards ​The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards intended to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs. These awards provide partial support for study and research.​Women Phd Students​Nominations of potential Scholars are accepted from P.E.O. chapters between August 20 and November 20 each year. Nominees then have 45 days after their nomination is approved to complete their application. Awards are announced in the spring of each year.
UCSD Sanford Institute Empathy and Compassion Award​The Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion Scholar Award Program is a unique opportunity for first-year medical students, whose work is focused on the importance of empathy and compassion in medical education and practice. The award provides financial support in their compassion-related summer research projects.​First year medical students ​The Center for Research's next call is tentatively scheduled to be available mid-Winter 2021. More details to come.

​Funding Opportunity
(For Prospective Trainees)
Purpose/Eligibility​Who Applies?
​San Diego Fellowship and Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship​Recruitment and retention tools that provide fellowship support to those students who merit admission into graduate programs at UCSD and whose presence would enhance diversity to the benefit of the entire campus community as evidenced by having overcome barriers such as social, educational or economic backgrounds, and/or demonstrating a commitment to diversity or increasing educational access for underrepresented students.​​Nominees considered for the Cota-Robles Fellowship must be recommended for admission to a program offering the Ph.D., D.M.A. or Ed.D. degree.    ​Applicants to Ph.D., D.M.A. or Ed.D. programs; nominees will have been offered admission to program
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