How to Apply


Applicants can be either near graduation, new PhDs, MDs, MD/PhDs or postdoctoral fellows with up to approximately 2 years of postgraduate training and must be U. S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Candidates from groups under-represented in biomedical and/or behavioral sciences or with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

IRACDA fellows conduct research related to the understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Fellows seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, biophysics, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems.

To apply, please submit the following as a single PDF file electronically to the San Diego IRACDA Program Office at by either April 15th or October 15th deadline with subject line “Application” followed by your last name as follows:  “Application -last name”

  1. (1)Cover letter

  1. (2)IRACDA Personal Data form 2018_19.docx

  1. (3)Personal statement (2 page limit): The personal statement should include a description of your PhD training; interest in pursuing a career in academia, experience in expanding access and educational opportunities to under-represented students; life experiences that motivate pursuit of higher education and statement of future career goals, research interests and a list of at least two potential mentors.

  1. (4)Curriculum Vitae

  1. (5)Two Letters of Recommendation (letters can be submitted separately to with subject line “Letter” followed by your last name)

Applicants should begin to contact potential research mentors as they apply to the IRACDA program. The Program can assist in suggesting appropriate mentors within the research community at UC San Diego. If you reach an agreement with a potential mentor before applying to IRACDA, a 3rd letter from the proposed mentor must be included, and should describe the proposed work, the mentor's agreement to training you, and the mentor's training track record.

For general questions or information about the IRACDA Program, email

For information about the Teaching training component and opportunities, email with subject line “TEACHING”.