Berkelhammer Postdoc Travel Award

We are pleased to announce a new travel award designed specifically to help UCSF postdocs launch careers as independent investigators.

UCSF is committed to the postdoc experience as a time of training toward becoming an independent investigator, and we endeavor to provide postdoctoral scholars with opportunities to further their career and professional development.


Details and Instructions


  • 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 in the fall of 2018 for travel during 2019. The number of awards in subsequent years is contingent on funding.
  • Funds will be distributed in a lump sum payment.
  • Awards will be announced on December 15, 2018, and will likely be publicized in a news item on the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars website.
  • The 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


Important Dates

  • Applications open: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (11:59 p.m., PDT)
  • Awards announced: Friday, December 14, 2018


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:

  1. Briefly summarize your PI's research program to an educated, non-specialist audience. (2000 character limit, with spaces)
  2. To a non-specialist, educated audience, briefly describe how your research goals differ from those of your PI's, and how your proposed research program can become a niche in your field. (2000 character limit, with spaces)
  3. To a non-specialist, educated audience, briefly 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 Christine Des Jarlais