Fellowship Opportunity: UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training (UPLIFT)
The UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training (UPLIFT) program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biomedical sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, mentoring, and supporting diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. UPLIFT combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, with pedagogical training provided through workshops and courses, as well as faculty mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia.
UCLA’s UPLIFT program is sponsored by an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) through the division of NIGMS at NIH. A major goal of IRACDA is to produce a workforce in STEM with a strong commitment to teaching diverse undergraduates, particularly at institutions that have a history of training students underrepresented in higher education. In addition to motivating the next generation of scientists at our partner institution, another goal of IRACDA, and more specifically our UPLIFT program, is to foster interactions between UCLA and CSULA faculty that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.
The UPLIFT program invites prospective applicants in the biomedical sciences to apply. These postdoctoral awards are for up to three years of support. Typically, the UCLA research mentor pays the first year and UPLIFT pays years 2-4.
To apply for UPLIFT, please visit our program website: https://ceils.ucla.edu/uplift/program-application/. Applications for the fall 2018 cohort of UPLIFT scholars are being accepted starting February 15, 2018 through April 1, 2018. Applications received after the due date may be considered for the next year’s application cycle.