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President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) and UCR’s Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPFP)

 

What Happens Once You Apply to the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) and How is the PPFP Related to UCR’s Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPFP)?

The PPFP has a two-tiered review process, involving faculty from the campuses and members of the systemwide Advisory Committee. They examine the quality of the research proposed, the way in which the fellow will contribute to the mission of the program, and the letters of support attesting to the promise of the fellow and the project. Based on these rankings, the PPFP accepts the top few. This number varies, but in 2018, the total number of applicants was 850 and 16 were awarded PPFP fellowships. In 2019, there were ~1000 applicants and because the President invested more money in the program, 39 were awarded PPFP fellowships.  In 2020, there was again about a 4% success rate for applicants.

Those ranked highly, but not chosen by the PPFP are then referred to the individual campuses housing a CPFP for consideration.

At UCR, a committee of 6 faculty members with broad experience, such as prior service on CAP, (3 covering CHASS, Business, GSOE, SPP and 3 covering BCOE, CNAS and SOM) is then used to rank the applications based on the quality of the application, the mentor-mentee-department match for the research proposed, and relevance to the mission of the UCR program. 

A big Thank you to UCR faculty committee for 2022-2023:

  • Jodi Kim     
  • Michelle H. Rajeha   
  • Leonora Saavedra
  • Mariam Lam     
  • Boris Baer     
  • Gabriela Canalizo

Mentors for those applying through the PPFP to work at UCR are asked in their letters of support to comment on the departmental hiring plans and how the prospective fellow might fit into those plans https://academicpersonnel.ucr.edu/chancellors-postdoctoral-fellowship-program). The applicant’s potential for a tenure-track position at UCR is therefore a consideration.

The Vice Provost for Academic Personnel collates all rankings and comments and, based on these, first contacts department chairs to discuss their willingness/ability to provide space and administrative support and to ensure integration of the fellow into department life. Additional discussion of future hiring plans may also take place. Discussion of hiring plans does not constitute any commitment on the part of either the fellow or the department, it just ensures that some potential exists.

Once a departmental commitment is obtained, the fellow and mentor are notified by email and asked to comment on the fellow’s continued interest in, and eligibility for, the Program (e.g. will the PhD be obtained in time, has an alternate fellowship been accepted, has a faculty position been accepted). Once continued interest and eligibility have been affirmed, a formal letter of appointment is sent to the fellow along with forms required by the Graduate Division and the PPFP.

In 2020 and in 2019 there were 25 and 33 candidates, respectively, referred for consideration by UCR for the five fellowships available.

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellows are subject to all UCR Program conditions of appointment described in the appointment letter, as well as all regulations and privileges of the President’s Postdoctoral Program https://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/how-to-apply/index.html.

 

Current President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients
 

2022-2023 PRESIDENT’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Gwen Antell

Earth and Planetary
Sciences

    

Ra Malika Imhotep

Critical Dance Studies

    

Stephanie Jones

Anthropology

   

Yessica Garcia Hernandez

Media & Cultural
Studies

2020-2021 PRESIDENT’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Sarah Whitt

History

    

Suneal Kolluri

Graduate School of
Education

    

Mia Maltz

Biomedical Sciences

    

Amrah Salomón

English

2019-2020 PRESIDENT’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Cathy Thomas

Creative Writing

 

Current Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients
 

2022-2023 CHANCELLOR’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Lauren Levitt

Media & Cultural
Studies 

    

Jack Caraves

Gender and Sexuality
Studies 

    

Daniela Zarate

Entomology

    

Trisha Federis Remetir

Media & Cultural
Studies 

    

Cecilia Isabel Vasquez

Ethnic Studies

2021-2022 CHANCELLOR’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Ana Flauzina 

Media & Cultural Studies 

    

Tara Fetherolf

Earth & Planetary
Sciences

    

2020-2021 CHANCELLOR’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Sahin Acikoz

Religious Studies

    

Javier Gonzalez-Rocha

Mechanical Eng  

    

Michael Moses

Graduate School of
Education

    

Nadje Najar

Evolution, Ecology &
Organismal Bio 

    

Melina Packer

Gender and Sexuality
Studies

2019-2020 CHANCELLOR’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Huanhuan Jiang

Chemical and Env. Eng

    

Carla Hernández Garavito

Anthropology

    

Kiranmayi Mangalgiri

Chemical and Env. Eng

    

Huong Nguyen

History

    

Andrea Polonijo

SOM, Cnt. for Healthy
Communities

Former President’s/Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellows on the faculty at UCR
 
  1. Amy Murillo (2018 CPFP Fellow)
    Entomology
  2. Brandon Robinson (2017 CPFP Fellow)
    Gender and Sexuality
  3. Roby Douilly (2016 PPFP Fellow)
    Earth Sciences
  4. Keith Miyake (2016 PPFP Fellow)
    Ethnic studies
  5. Melanie Yazzie (2016 PPFP Fellow)
    Gender & Sexuality Studies

    No longer employed by UCR
  6. Emily Hue (2015 CPFP Fellow)   
    Ethnic studies
  7. Anthony Jerry (2015 PPFP Fellow)   
    Anthropology
  8. Raquel Rall (2015 CPFP Fellow)
    Education
  9. Xóchitl Chávez (2014 PPFP Fellow)                                
    Music
  10. Flip Tanedo (2014 PPFP Fellow)
    Physics & Astronomy
  11. Eric A. Stanley (2013 PPFP Fellow)
    Gender and Sexuality Studies

    No longer employed by UCR
  12. Stephen Hong Sohn (2006 PPFP Fellow)
    English

    No longer employed by UCR
  13. Setsu Shigematsu (2005 CPFP Fellow)     
    Media and Cultural Studies
  14. Roya Zandi (2002 PPFP Fellow)              
    Physics & Astronomy
  15. Victoria Bomberry (2001 PPFP Fellow)     
    Ethnic Studies

    No longer employed by UCR
  16. Amalia Cabezas  (2000 PPFP Fellow)      
    Media and Cultural Studies
  17. Juliet McMullin (2000 PPFP Fellow)                              
    Anthropology
  18. Mei-chu Chang (Emerita)    
    Mathematics