University of Michigan Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award

Deadline: 15 February 2021
Open to: US citizens or permanent residents who are graduates or near graduates of a Ph.D. program in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Medicine
Benefits: skills and experience required to address the nation’s biomedical research needs


The University of Michigan Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is one of several NIH supported programs that trains postdoctoral fellows for research and teaching careers in academia.

The goals of the program are to enhance research skills by providing mentored research experiences while developing teaching skills through assignments that promote the advancement of under-represented minorities. The Michigan IRACDA program operates through the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Molecular & Integrative Physiology.


Candidates should:

  • Have clear and unambiguous interest in pursuing an academic career that includes teaching. Some prior teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Be willing to commit 25% time to teaching during the first three years of this fellowship.
  • Commit to stay in the program for at least 3 years.
  • Have at least one first author publication during PhD period.
  • Have completed less than 2 years of previous postdoctoral training.
  • Be US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Trainees with underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The postdoctoral fellows, who specialize in the fields of physiology and biomedical engineering, hone their teaching skills with the help of partner-college faculty mentors over the course of four years. By planning and teaching a course with their teaching mentors, the postdocs gain the necessary preparation to teach and mentor students when they obtain their first faculty jobs.

Meanwhile, the partner-college students receive team-based teaching from the U-M postdoc and the partner college’s faculty member in their science and engineering classes. These interactions provides students the chance to learn about scientific careers directly from a working research scientist, and to apply for summer research experiences working with the postdoctoral fellows at U-M.


For more information, visit the official website.