Prospective Postdoctoral Scholars

Most postdoctoral scholar appointments are arranged individually by the prospective postdoctoral scholar and a faculty sponsor. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact the faculty member directly. Some students work with a faculty member to obtain funding by preparing an individual postdoctoral scholar application for an NIH-sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA).

Currently, there are several training grants in the Psychology Department that have funding for postdoctoral scholars: The Health Psychology Program has an NIMH training grant that provides fellowships for postdocs focusing on mental health as it intersects the expertise of the faculty in Health Psychology. The Clinical Psychology Program maintains one training grant. The training grant is directed by Professors Keith Nuechterlein, Cindy Yee-Bradbury and Michael Green (Psychiatry) and offers NIMH postdoctoral fellowships that emphasize translating paradigms from cognitive and affective science and neuroscience into clinical research on psychotic disorders.

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral research fellowships to outstanding 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, or research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. 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. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted under faculty sponsorship on any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The University awards 15-20 postdoctoral fellowships every year. Each award is for a 12-month period, renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic productivity and participation in program events. Applications are typically due about November 1. For more information, see: