IRACDA Program

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA)

Program Description

The IRACDA Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, mentoring, and supporting diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. IRACDA combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, with pedagogical training provided through CEILS workshops and CIRTL courses, as well as faculty mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. The program is sponsored through Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA), supported by the division of NIGMS at NIH. A major goal of IRACDA is to produce a workforce in STEM with a strong commitment to teaching diverse undergraduates, particularly at institutions that have a history of training students underrepresented in higher education. In addition to motivating the next generation of scientists at our partner institution, another goal of IRACDA is to foster interactions between UCLA and CSULA faculty that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.

Click the link to see the IRACDA Program Brochure

Click the link to see How to Apply for IRACDA Program


The IRACDA program invites prospective applicants in the biological sciences to apply. We accept applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline for joining the fall 2022 cohort of IRACDA scholars is April 1, 2022. Applications received after the due date may be considered for the next year’s application cycle.

To apply for IRACDA, please see the Program Application page on the IRACDA website.

Contact Us

Michael Carey
Professor and Vice Chair in Biological Chemistry
Director, JCCC Gene Regulation Program Area

Claudio Villanueva
Associate Professor in Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology

Program Coordinators

Lynn Talton
Director of Postdoc Affairs in Biosciences

Shumin Wu

Co-Coordinator for Teaching Development Rachel Kennison Senior Associate Director for Instructional & Professional Development, Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences

Evaluators Marc Levis-Fitzgerald Director, UCLA Center for Educational Assessment

Hannah Whang Sayson Assistant Director of Data Analytics, UCLA Center for Educational Assessment

General Inquiries