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Postdoctoral Research

Welcome to Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral scholars are an essential component of the research program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Office of Postdoctoral Services (OPS) was established in the summer of 2007 in recognition of the important role postdoctoral scholars fulfill within the university.

The goal of the OPS is to support postdoctoral training at VCU by:

  • serving as a liaison between postdoctoral scholars, faculty, administrators and staff on campus;
  • providing resources and information to facilitate the recruitment, employment, mentoring and career development of postdoctoral scholars; and
  • assuring that faculty and postdoctoral scholars are aware of university policies, procedures and benefits for postdoctoral scholars.

For more detailed information see VCU’s Office of Postdoctoral Services.

VCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award

The VCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award is a unique three-year postdoctoral program designed to train fellows in biomedical research and in teaching. IRACDA is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop teaching skills through formal pedagogic training and mentored assignments at minority-serving institutions. The program facilitates the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. Other goals are to provide a resource to motivate the next generation of scientists at minority-serving institutions, and to promote linkages between research-intensive institutions and minority-serving institutions that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.


Eligible applicants must hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and must complete the degree before starting the program. IRACDA trainees must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. Proof of citizenship status or resident status will be required before the start of the program.

Application process

Interested applicants should visit the Center on Health Disparities' website for the IRACDA program for more information and submitting an application.
Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of career goals, graduate transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications open on November 15. The priority deadline is April 1, but applications will be accepted at any time. A successful candidate must demonstrate an interest in teaching, excellence in research and an interest in increasing diversity in the biomedical sciences workforce.
IRACDA fellows will have a research mentor at VCU and a teaching mentor at a partner university: Virginia Union University, Virginia State University or Elizabeth City State University.

For questions or inquiries, please contact COHDTraining@vcu.edu