2018-19 Postdoc Interest Group Grants – Call for Applications

PDIGs are funded by the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and administered by the Postdoctoral Scholars Association (PSA)

The application procedure for PDIG grants has changed in order to expand the types of events organized by, and involving, as many postdocs as possible.


STEP 1: Two or more postdocs form an interest group (science-related, fun, social, virtually any topic) and decide what you want to fund (e.g., refreshments for a meeting, etc)

STEP 2: Complete the online application form. You may also access the application form with this QR code:

STEP 3: The applicants will receive an email response, immediately after the PSA meeting following the submission date, notifying them whether or not the funds have been approved for their PDIG. Note that PSA meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


  1. Grant proposals will be evaluated under the following criteria at the monthly PSA meeting (First Tuesday of the month):
    1. Proposal must be submitted by a UCSF postdoc
    2. Proposal must be related to engagement of the postdoc community at UCSF
  2. For grant proposals requesting:
    1. More than $50, the applicant(s) must attend the PSA meeting to make a pitch for their PDIG event.
    2. Less than $50, the applicant does not have to attend the PSA meeting to make a pitch.
    3. Note: Pitches may be done remotely by using zoom/skype/google hangouts, etc., since most meetings are held at Mission Bay.
  3. If your grant proposal is approved, you MUST send the event information to:
    1. Mariana G. Shiavon, PSA Board Member for Communications & Events, who will include it in the Postdoc Community @ UCSF Digest that is distributed monthly.
    2. [email protected], which will be approved by Assistant Dean Chris Des Jarlais
    3. If these two announcements are not completed, the PDIG applicant will not be reimbursed for that particular activity.
  4. The form requires:
    1.   PDIG name
    2.  Description of PDIG event (300 characters)
    3.  Date of event
    4.  Expected number of attendees (best guess)
    5. Amount requested
    6. Description of how funding will be used (300 characters)
    7. Names and email addresses of two postdoc organizers

If you want to know more about what the PSA and PDIGs are planning, follow [email protected] on Facebook and Twitter and check our PSA website.

2018-19 PDIGs

  1. c.a.f.e. (coffee alliance for exploration) - [email protected] and [email protected]
  2. Cognitive Neuroscience @UCSF - [email protected] and [email protected]
  3. Consulting Club - [email protected] and [email protected]
  4. Live Data and Biotechnology in Paper - [email protected]
  5. Molecular Imaging at UCSF - [email protected] and [email protected]
  6. Postdoc Book Club- [email protected] and [email protected]
  7. "Women in Science” - [email protected] and [email protected]
  8. Women Postdocs Problem-Solving Groups (WPPSG) - [email protected]
  9. Workshop in Mathematical Modeling for Biology - [email protected] and ania-ariadna.baetica@ucsf.edu

Other organizations where Postdocs are involved: