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Award Opportunities

“The greatest strength of any university is its people, and we have the best at UC San Diego.” – Chancellor Pradeep Khosla

Chancellor's Award nomination period ends on Oct. 12, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring, Professor David Barner and Professor Christina D. Chambers, and Postdoctoral Scholar Award, Brian León and Emily L. Petty!

Each year, these awards are given in recognition of the outstanding postdoctoral scholars and mentors who contribute to making UC San Diego one of the best research institutions in the nation.

Nomination period for 2018 opens on September 1, 2018 and closes on October 12, 2018

Awardees will be honored at the Chancellor’s Awards Reception following the Annual Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring

Description: Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award honors faculty who serve as effective advisors, advocates, role models, and colleagues for their postdoctoral scholars.

Deadline: October 12, 2018

Award Amount: Principal nominating postdoctoral scholar will receive $500 to support attendance at a professional association or society meeting that relates to his/her research interest or to enroll in a course that will advance his/her career development.  Faculty mentor will receive $1000 to support mentorship for his/her research group. A total of 2 awards will be given.

Directions:  Click here for Application Guidelines, Process and Online Application

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Description: The Postdoctoral Scholar Award recognizes exceptional UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholars for their outstanding research, demonstrated leadership and mentorship, and participation in scholarly activities.

Deadline: October 12, 2018

Award Amount: Two awards of $1000 each to support attendance at a professional association or society meeting that relates to his/her research interest or to enroll in a course that will advance his/her career development.

Directions:  Click here for Application Guidelines, Process and Online Application

Postdoctoral Association Research Symposium Awards

Postdoctoral Association Research Symposium Awards

Description: The Postdoctoral Research Symposium is organized by the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at UC San Diego in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs. All postdoctoral scholars at UC San Diego are invited to present their research. Awards have been made available by the PDA to postdoctoral scholars that best present their research to a broad audience of peers, faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and staff.

Oral Presentation Awards: Eight abstracts will be selected from the abstract submissions for the Research Awards for an oral presentation competition. If an abstract is not selected for oral presentation, it may still be selected to compete for poster awards.

  • Award Amounts: $300 for best oral presentation, $200 for the second place, $100 for third place. Each finalist will have ONE SLIDE to give a 5 minute oral presentation.

Poster Presentation Awards: Poster abstracts will be selected from the abstract submissions for the Research Awards.

  • Award Amounts: Three awards of $100 the best poster presentations and $100 for People's Choice award.

Poster Slam Award: Poster abstracts will be selected from the abstract submissions for the Research Awards.

  • Award Amount: Two awards of $100 the best poster slam. Poster slam presentations consist of a ONE MINUTE, ONE SLIDE presentation.

Deadline: Extended to Friday, November 10, 2017

Directions: Click here for abstract submission form** or visit the PDA Research Symposium website for guidelines, contacts and eligibility.

**Postdoctoral scholars may opt out of oral presentation selection by indicating such on their form.

Postdoctoral Scholar Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant

Postdoctoral Scholar Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant

Description: UC San Diego postdoctoral scholars may apply for program funds to cover expenses incurred for the postdoctoral scholar’s child- or adult-dependent care due to professional development travel.

Upcoming Submission Period: October 1 – 22, 2018 for travel within November 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019

Award Amount: A maximum of $1000 per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Directions: Click here for more information and to apply