Postdoctoral fellowships for successful academic careers in Stem Cell Biology

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Leadership team

Leadership team

(Professor Hinck, Dr. Casper-Lindley, Professor Sreenivasan, Professor Forsberg)


Program Information

Our NIH-sponsored IRACDA program is a partnership between the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), and is operated by UCSC's Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC).

The goal of this program is to prepare postdocs with the foundation for a successful career in academia by providing rigorous research training in the field of Stem Cell Biology and by imparting mentoring skills that promote inclusive learning environments.

The UCSC/CSUMB IRACDA program has a strong commitment to promote the well being and success of students and trainees who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research. 

Postdoctoral salaries, benefits, and training expenses are provided by the program. Throughout the 4-year training period, structured mentoring by research (UCSC) and teaching (CSUMB) mentors will provide postdocs with consistent feedback with respect to the development of research skills, pedagogy training, and career planning. Postdocs will focus on:

Biomedical Research with a focus on Stem Cell Biology in the laboratory of a research mentor at the IBSC (75% time commitment) and on
Teaching and Mentoring training and practice, predominantly with a teaching mentor at CSUMB (25% time commitment). 

Application process and relevant dates for this first application cycle (next year's dates may vary)

All applicants must have received a Ph.D., M.D., or Ph.D. - equivalent in relevant areas of engineering or biology at the time of program start.  Candidates need to identify a primary research laboratory at the IBSC and work with that PI on the research plan for the application. Please contact the IBSC if you require guidance to identify an appropriate laboratory.

Now Start researching and contact potential research mentors and prepare application.
Oct 17, 2020 Application deadline. Please send application material to: (all letters of recommendation should go directly to this address)
Nov 16, 2020 Acceptance decisions will be sent out 
Nov 23, 2020 Offer letter acceptances due
Jan 11-19, 2020 Beginning of IRACDA Program

Eligible Candidates

Candidates need to be US citizens or permanent residents. We especially encourage people to apply who belong to groups underrepresented in biomedical research faculty (racial and ethnic minorities, people from socioeconomic disadvantaged groups, those with disabilities, and women). 

Application materials

1) NIH-format biosketch (postdoctoral fellowship format) - please include the reason for your desire for further education and your fit with the IRADCA program goals in the Personal Statement (please email to request a Word file).

2) Research plan – developed in collaboration with your sponsoring research mentor.  Two pages (excluding references) or less, 11pt minimal font size.

4) Letter by the sponsoring UCSC research mentor, sent directly to: Please provide her/him with the directions for the research mentor letter.

5) Two additional letters by mentors or supervisors who can evaluate your fit for this training program, for example your Ph.D. supervisor. Please provide him/her with the directions for the reference letter.

6) The IRACDA application form.

Program overview  

Discovery Scholars

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Dr. Catharina Lindley (program director)