2023-24 Postdoc Scholars Program

The online application form for the 2023-24 program cycle is now closed.

The KIBM Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides both financial support and networking opportunities for exceptional postdoctoral scholars at UC San Diego and The Salk Institute to pursue innovative research in neuroscience. The award will be $50,000 for a 12-month period and is renewable for a second year contingent on good progress and the faculty mentor's continued sponsorship. Scholars will participate in monthly meetings and present their work at the KIBM annual retreat.

See our previous Postdoctoral Scholar Award Recipients.


Application Due Date: January 17, 2023, 5pm PST
Reference Letter Due Date: January 30, 2023, 5pm PST
Notification of Interview: March 06, 2023, 5pm PST
Earliest Start Date: April 1, 2023 (must be activated no later than July 1, 2023)


  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree.
  • Open to US citizens and non-US citizens.
  • This program is only open to those who currently hold a full-time postdoctoral position in neuroscience at UC San Diego or The Salk Institute.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of six months of postdoctoral experience working in the laboratory of their sponsor at the time of application but no more than four years of cumulative postdoctoral training (including appointments at other institutions) by the time of award activation. Please consult with your department HR contact to confirm the maximum allowable duration of your postdoctoral appointment based on institutional guidelines.
  • The award cannot be held concurrently with a fellowship that supports salary (or stipend) and benefits.



The online application form for the 2023-24 program cycle is now closed. We will continue to accept reference letters through 5pm PST on January 30, 2023 (see details below). Please email us at kibm@ucsd.edu if you have any questions.


Please review the Full Program Guidelines and Instructions linked above for details on the reference letter requirements. After the postdoc submits their application online, referees will receive a custom email from kibm-help@ucsd.edu with a personalized link to upload their confidential reference letter in support of the applicant. Please check your spam folder if referee email was not received. Letters are due by 5pm PST on January 30, 2023.


Please contact kibm@ucsd.edu with any questions.