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The Berkelhammer Postdoc Travel Award

The Berkelhammer Postdoc Travel Award, launched in 2018, was created specifically to help UCSF postdocs launch careers as independent investigators and to provide postdoctoral scholars with opportunities to further their career and professional development.


  • The goal of this award is to fund travel in support of an independence project that would lead to a K99 or other independent funding toward the establishment of an academic career. The goal of the travel should be either:
    – To present work from a research project that is distinct from the research being done in the postdoc’s PI’s lab, or
    – To learn about, network in, or gain skills in a new field that will enable the postdoc to develop a new research project to move beyond the work of their PI’s lab.
  • Up to 10 merit-based awards in the amount of $2,500 each will be distributed each fall for travel during the following calendar year. The number of awards offered each year is contingent on funding.
  • Funds will be distributed in a lump sum payment.
  • Travel award funds may be used for any expenses associated with the conference, workshop, or event.
  • Awardees will be expected to provide a brief post-travel summary of what they gained from attendance at the conference or workshop. Excerpts of the summary may be used to publicize the award.
  • Awardees agree to participate in a meeting with the donor, Dr. Larry Berkelhammer.
  • Parameters are subject to change.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be appointed in a UCSF postdoc title code at time of application and time of travel
  • Open to all UCSF postdocs regardless of U.S. residency or citizenship status
  • Postdocs are eligible for only one award during their tenure at UCSF
  • Travel must serve the goal of helping to establish or further the applicant’s independence project

Application Procedure

Complete the online application form and upload your CV in PDF format. In addition to basic information about you and the conference or workshop you plan to travel to, the application requires you to answer the following questions. Please use language directed toward an educated, but non-specialist, language in all of your answers and avoid field-specific jargon. The Award application for travel in 2020 will open in October 2019. 

  1. Summarize your PI's research program. (2,000 character limit, including spaces)
  2. Describe how your research goals differ from those of your PI, and how your proposed research program can become a niche in your field. (2,000 character limit, including spaces)
  3. Describe the conference/workshop you propose to attend: a) identify your goals for participating; b) summarize your strategy to achieve these goals, and how you plan to assess if you have met them; and c) describe how these goals will ultimately support you as a future independent investigator. (4,300 character limit, with spaces)

Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean for Postdocs Gabriela Monsalve.