The Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research was established in 1998 to recognize the important contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to UCLA’s research mission. Each year awardees receive a plaque and a stipend in the amount of $7,500.

Please review the nomination guidelines for specifics on nomination eligibility and the nomination procedure.  All faculty are encouraged to participate in the nominating process.

Nomination Materials: a single PDF file, containing the following materials must be submitted:

  • Nomination cover sheet
  • Department chair’s letter of submission
  • Nomination letter from the faculty mentor
  • Up to two supporting letters of recommendation
  • Research abstract
  • Research citation
  • Nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae
  • Publications

Chairs and unit directors are responsible for pre-screening the nominations to ensure that no more than two nominations are submitted to the final selection committee. Chairs are also encouraged to establish point person(s) that are responsible for the coordination of the collection of all nomination materials listed above. Departments or institutes with 35 or more scholars may nominate up to 3, and those with 60 or more scholars may nominate up to 4.

Deadline: 5:00 pm, PST, Friday, September 23, 2022

Submission Location: Send the complete PDF dossiers to

Recognition: The award recipients will be announced and honored at the UCLA Postdoctoral Scholars and Mentors Awards Ceremony on November 9, 2022, hosted by Roger Wakimoto, Vice Chancellor for Research and Susan Ettner, Dean of Graduate Education. All of the nominees and their mentors will be recognized at this event, as will the general postdoctoral scholar community.

Should you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Paris McDonald in the Office of the Dean at

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Information on this website regarding postdoctoral scholar benefits are based on the previous UAW Bargaining Contract [ratified on 10/17/16]. For the most current information, please refer to the recently ratified contract: