President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Hiring Incentive and Program Goals

The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) provides a five-year advance on faculty FTE to campuses that hire current or former President’s or Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellows into ladder-rank faculty positions. The start-up hiring incentive, for fellows in STEM fields, is no longer available.

This summer, the Office of the President has confirmed that the hiring incentive will continue for appointments effective in 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23. The scope of the hiring incentive program includes participants from both the President’s and Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs for Academic Diversity.

The Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. Based upon our track record of success with the Program, I strongly urge you and your colleagues to carefully consider eligible former President’s and Chancellor’s Postdoctoral fellows in your ongoing search activities. A complete list of eligible President’s and Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellows is available at

On the campus, once the FTE has been approved by UCOP, the FTE will be advanced to the hiring unit for a five-year period. At the end of the five-year period, units will need to provide their own FTE in support of the position. Currently, there is no limit on the number of incentives awarded per year and Health Sciences and professional schools are eligible to apply.

As an additional and related note, the success of this Program is a direct result of the outstanding quality of participating postdoctoral fellows. I ask that you share information about this important program with your postdocs and doctoral students, and encourage them to apply now or in the future. The 2020-2021 Call for Applications is available at

If you have any questions regarding the Program, please contact Douglas Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at or consult the program website at

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