UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law & Society

Currently applications will be accepted Fall 2025 for a July 1, 2026 start date (this is subject to change).

The Department of Criminology, Law & Society (CLS) funds one triennial UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow as part of the UC Presidential Postdoctoral Program. The UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in CLS is selected from the pool of applicants who have submitted their applications to the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and who have identified mentors in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at UC Irvine.  UC Irvine supports a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law & Society. Potential applicants must secure the support of a tenured faculty member in the CLS Department who will serve as the mentor well ahead of the application deadline.

The Program: The UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Criminology, Law & Society offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to qualified scholars in the field whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity. These contributions may include public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society, efforts to advance equitable access to higher education for women and minorities, or research focusing on under-served populations or understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic 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. Selected Fellows advance their own research during the fellowship year; there is no additional teaching or service requirement.

Award and Tenure:  Appointments are renewable for a second year, dependent on satisfactory performance, agreement of the faculty mentor, and availability of funding. There will be one UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law & Society at a time with a gap year in between postdoctoral fellows; therefore applications will normally be considered every third year. 

Salary & Benefits: The award provides a salary usually starting at Grade L0 based on current Postdoc Salary Scales depending of field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave and up to $5,000 for research-related and program expenses. You can find out more UCI Postdoc information on this webpage.The selected Fellow is also eligible for the UC Hiring Incentive (see https://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/fellowship-recipients/hiring-incentive.html).

Eligibility: Applicants must receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship/appointment on July 1, 2026. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.  Visa sponsorship and work authorization is possible for successful applicants, a process which would be managed by the International Students and Scholars Office with the support of the UC faculty mentor on their home campus. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

Due Date: November 1, 2025.

Application Process: All applicants for the UCI Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law & Society Program should submit their application to the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The mentor’s letter should address the applicant’s potential for appointment at University of California. Applications must be completed online by November 1, 2025. Awards will be announced in March 2026.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria: Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to contribute to diversity in higher education through their teaching, research and/or service. Please read this page to find out what will aid in your selection: University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Evaluation and Selection.

Inquiries? Most information regarding the application process can be found in the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program FAQs:
If you require additional assistance with the application process, please contact the program office:

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Sproul Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720