Proposal Submission Process

Postdoctoral Scholars are not eligible to serve as principal investigator (PI) on sponsored research projects. Exceptions can be made to submit proposals for fellowships or field research grants to be awarded to The Regents, when an extramural funding agency requires that the scholar originating a project also be the individual who initiates the application for funding, but only if a member of the Academic Senate or separately approved individual is identified as the Sponsoring Principal Investigator.

For fellowship, field work, or dissertation projects only: signature of a department chair or ORU director on the Office of Research proposal approval form (Data Sheet) shall constitute evidence of approval for postdoctoral scholars to serve as Co-Principal Investigator. See full policy.

Some postdoctoral awards and fellowships must be processed through the Office of Research, including, but not limited to:

You may apply directly to the following awards and fellowships:

  • All NSF postdoctoral fellowship opportunities

If in doubt, contact your department's contract and grant administrator. Visit the researcher's toolbox for detailed information on the proposal submission process.

Proposal Writing

The Professional Development for Postdoctoral Scholars (PDPS) program presents several writing workshops each quarter for postdocs in science, engineering, and mathematics.

Looking for funding?

OS: Offers a searchable database of 25,000 records representing over 400,000 individual funding opportunities from numerous sponsors across all disciplines. UCSB faculty, students, and staff can create accounts and sign up for personalized e-mail funding alerts based on previously specified criteria provided by the individual COS user. Use the link below for instant search results (via domain or proxy server).

  • Search for postdoctoral awards in COS

IRIS: Contains over 9,000 active federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The alert service enables students, staff, and researchers to create their own search profiles and delivers the search results automatically via e-mail.

GRAPES: Contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The Source: Listserv of graduate student and postdoctoral funding opportunities from Graduate Division.


Involved in Human Subjects Research?

Please contact the PI who is supervising your research and request an 'associate' account for ORahs, the online human subjects application. 

Involved in Animal Subjects Research?

If you will be working with vertebrate animals, you must complete all required training before beginning any research. See the IACUC training page for more information.

Are you supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?

All scholars supported by funds from the NSF and scholars supported by some NIH grants must complete training in the responsible conduct of research. See more information here.

General Resources

Graduate Division: Provides links to resources of interest to postdoctoral scholars at UCSB.

Professional Development Program for Postdoctoral Scholars: A program for postdoctoral scholars with workshops on skills like writing, time management, science presentation, networking, CV-building, interviewing, teaching, and grant writing.

National Postdoctoral Association: A national organization that provides resources and advocacy for postdoctoral scholars. UCSB is an NPA member. Postdocs, faculty, grad students, administrators, and alumni may sign up as Affiliate Members with a current UCSB email address.

Postdoctoral Life: A resource from that compiles postdoctoral fellowships and issues relating to postdoctoral employment