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Frequently Asked Questions

​​​​​Should I have a Research Mentor lined up in order to apply to the program?

No, you do not have to have a research mentor to apply. However, during the course of the application process, you must identify at least two potential research mentors whose work aligns with your postdocotal research goals.  Please consult the Research Mentors page for more information on sutible mentors. The Directors can also work with you to find approved mentors whose research corresponds to your interests.

Is it better for me to already have a mentor lined up before applying or interviewing with IRACDA leadership?

Although not necessary in the early stages, having a Research Mentor already in place will expedite the processing of your application since you will not have the added responsibility of interviewing with Research Mentors while interviewing for the Program. If you identify a research mentor before applying to the program, a letter from the mentor must be included in your application.

Do I need to prepare a seminar if invited to interview with the IRACDA program?

No. You only need to prepare a seminar if requested to do so by your prospective Research Mentor.

What is the IRACDA salary?

IRACDA fellows are paid according to the UC adjusted scale​  (above NIH scale ) with prescribed annual increases, health benefits and support for research including: $2500 towards the purchase of computers and teaching supplies and $1000 annually to attend scientific meetings or professional development workshops. In addition, complete funding to attend the Annual IRACDA National Conference and $2500 to attend the HHMI/NAS Summer Teaching Institute 

How often does the entire program meet?

Fellows and IRACDA leadership come together twice a month for specific Professional Development activities and to discuss successes, problems, concerns, and upcoming events. Each fellow presents a research update annually to the group. Fellows meet semi-annually separately with the Director and Education Coordinator to discuss their research, teaching and career development progress.

How many conferences can I attend?

​​IRACDA fellows are encouraged to attend and to present at one major scientific meeting annually. Fellows are also expected to attend the Annual National IRACDA conference.