Award Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

    Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

  • Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

    Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

  • Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

    Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

  • Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

    Postdoctoral Appreciation Luncheon

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

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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.


They were honored on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony.

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 13, 2017

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 13, 2017

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 – 24, 2017 for travel within November 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018

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

Directions: Click here for more information and to apply

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