Various funding opportunities are available through EDI and other University units.  Here’s a brief list, with more detailed information on each below:

EDI Funding Requests

Interested in applying for funding directly from Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?  In certain circumstances, our Office will partner with you to provide programming that advances UCLA’s mission of building equity for all.  To apply for funding, please complete the EDI Funding Requests online application.

UPDATE (2020 11 20)In light of current circumstances, we are reviewing and evaluating our funding possibilities for the 2020-2021 academic year. As such, we are pausing the funding process and will not be accepting any applications at this time; we apologize for any inconvenience, especially if you may have already submitted an application via the link below. We will update this page (and get back to any pending applicants before the pause) as soon as we are able to provide any additional information. 

UPDATE (2020 07 23)Information and relevant dates for the 2020-2021 academic year funding cycles will be posted shortly.

UPDATE (2020 04 09): In light of the current climate and public health concerns regarding COVID-19, please see our new FAQ for EDI Funding Requests through the remainder of Spring Quarter 2020.

➡ Please find recent examples of EDI-sponsored programming on our Highlights page.

To assist you with your application, please review the following documents:

Please note: We have implemented a new policy whereby each individual or entity requesting funds (e.g., an individual faculty member, an academic unit, or a student organization) can receive a maximum of $5,000 in funding each academic year. This $5,000 cap can cover multiple applications and events throughout the academic year.  The cap is designed to promote an equitable process in which we fund a diverse set of projects and initiatives.

We prioritize events and programming that are open to the entire UCLA community.

For questions regarding the EDI Funding Program, please contact Rusty Klibaner at

Faculty Career Development Award

Faculty Career Development Awards (FCDA) are given annually to regular rank Assistant Professors & Assistant Professors-in-Residence, providing research support at a critical time in the pre-tenure stage. The funding is to assist faculty as they advance an on-going research project, creative activity, or as they embark on a new project. Awards are made in the form of a lump-sum of $5,000 – $15,000 in research funds. Approximately 30 awards are granted annually.

Please visit our Faculty Career Development Award Recipients page for a full list of the 2018-2019 awardees.

Assistant Professors & Assistant Professors-in-Residence – Dean Submissions Due: April 16, 2020

Acting Professors (LAW) – Dean’s submissions deadline: Dean Submission Due: April 16, 2020

For additional information regarding the FCDA, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions document.

For questions regarding the application, please contact Anyssa Llerena at For questions regarding the award funds, please contact Randi Kusumi at

Dependent Care Travel Award

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Deans of the schools/divisions, is providing Dependent Care Travel Awards for Regular Rank Faculty who have 50% or more responsibility for dependents. Awards in the amount of a $1000 taxable grant are to be used to defray the costs of caregiving or travel expenses for professional development opportunities. Eligible faculty may receive one (1) Dependent Care Travel Award per fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th). Applications must be submitted for pre-approval no less than 30 days prior to planned travel. Awards will be available until funds are exhausted in the faculty member’s school/division; awards made on a first come first serve basis.

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non‐traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $47,844 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research‐related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12‐months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

Applicants must receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions or limitations. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

For more information please visit UCLA Grad Division or the UC Office of the President.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

For questions regarding the application or program, please contact the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program directly at

Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the Mellon Foundation’s mission to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. Application Deadline: October 27, 2017

UC-HBCU Initiative

Applications are no longer being accepted. Instructions and forms below are for reference only.


  • Proposal Submission Due Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 (12:00 Noon PT/ 3 p.m. ET)
  • Awards Announcement: June 2019