How to Apply

Each application has two parts which should be submitted separately by the post-doc applicant and their UCSD mentor.


The applicant will submit the following via this form

  • 2 page CV (in addition to publications, we encourage documentation of any research impact, professional experience or contributions to diversity)

  • 2-page research statement listing their research objectives/goals for the duration of the 2 year fellowship and the candidate’s plan for achieving those objectives/goals. Include several milestones, and explain how any external needs, e.g., computing resources or laboratory equipment, will be met. (References do not count for the two page limit)

  • 1-page fellowship plan that describes the research skills and experiences the candidate plans to gain during the fellowship and how these will advance their career objectives. These might include, e.g., authoring a research proposal; improving technical presentation techniques; conference attendance; managing and motivating a (student) research team; or teaching. This plan should be written in collaboration with the proposed mentor. It should explain how the fellow and mentor will work together to achieve what is planned, particularly if they are not co-located in San Diego.


The mentor will submit the following via this form

  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant's Ph.D supervisor

  • Mentoring letter that will describe a mentoring plan and will complement the applicant’s fellowship plan.

As part of the mentoring letter, the mentor commits to:

  1. Engage with their candidate in jointly writing and submitting a grant during the postdoc’s tenure at UCSD

  2. Work with the postdoc to engage with one of our undergrad research programs, for example ERSP, STARS, ENLACE, the CalTech/UCSD SURF program, or any other suitable research outreach program.


UCSD CSE faculty who intend to apply as mentors should then try to seek out suitable candidates and coordinate with them to apply to this program.

  • Complete applications Due July 30, 2021
  • Selection Notification August 6, 2021

Applications are only complete after both candidate and mentor have submitted their respective documents.

Both documents must be submitted by the July 30 deadline.