Resources For Mentors


Looking for a Post-bac trainee?

​PIs looking for a post-graduate researcher are encouraged to post job openings here.

PIs may also access our database of outstanding Post-bac trainees eager to expand their research training. To access this database, you must sign-in to UCSF MyAccess, complete a Smartsheet profile, and click on this link to request access. For more information, please contact us.

PIs are encouraged to participate in the UCSF Diversity Supplement Matchmaking Event. This event will help match UCSF faculty with diversity supplement eligible grants with eligible post-bac trainees. The next event will be held in January 2024. Learn more about the event and register here.


Funding a PROPEL trainee with a Diversity Supplement

The NIH provides funding to attract trainees with disadvantaged backgrounds in the biomedical sciences in the form of Diversity Supplements. Diversity Supplements provide additional funding for trainees and faculty to work on an existing NIH-funded research project. PIs with active NIH R01, R21, R03, R25,  DP, P01, U01, U54, and more (see the full list here) are generally eligible to request a Diversity Supplement. Remember to contact the Program Officer or the Program Officer in charge of Diversity Supplements for your IC before preparing an application for complete application instructions.

The Research Development Office at UCSF has compiled useful information on Diversity Supplements including eligibility requirements, preparing an application, and a library of successful Diversity Supplement proposals. PROPEL can also provide successful Post-Bac Diversity Supplement proposals by UCSF PIs. Contact us for a copy of these proposals.

Additionally, the Office of Diversity and Outreach is happy to announce a new process for requesting candidate eligibility statements for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements at UCSF. The new process is outlined at the ODO NIH Diversity Supplement webpage. For additional guidance with the application process, including how to draft a diversity eligibility letter, contact ORS Find My Support as early as possible.  


Other helpful resources

DEI Champion's Training  All faculty with a PROPEL trainee are required to take the UCSF School of Medicine DEI Champion's Training.  This free full day training includes education on implicit biases and microagressions, coaching in skills related to addressing these issues, and training in how to apply thoughtful, active listening and empathy to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Improve your mentoring skills through the UCSF CTSI Mentor Training ProgramThe CTSI Mentor Training Program (MTP) is a comprehensive program with both online and in person components designed to train faculty to be effective mentors. The CTSI MTP has created an integrated environment for senior mentors and mentors-in-training, encouraging creative and innovative networking, discussing a range of mentoring challenges and a myriad of solutions, developing a toolbox of strategies, and using discussions and collective experiences to build a community of mentoring excellence.

Explore the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) for additional resources on mentoring including webinars, social networking platform (MyNRMN), and mentor/facilitator training offered by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

Learn more about the Diversity Program Consortium, an effort by the NIH effort to enhance participation and persistence of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers by engaging, training and mentoring students; enhancing faculty development; and strengthening institutional research training infrastructure to enhance the

Encourage your grad student or postdoc (and qualified junior faculty) to participate in the TRAIN-UP workshop series offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development at UCSF. The goals of the program are to teach future faculty (or scientists who expect to manage people in any career path) how to mentor, teach and supervise inclusively.


For more information, contact:

Paola Betancur, PhD ([email protected]