About IRACDA

The Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) are K12-based postdoctoral programs funded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). These programs are distinct in emphasizeing strong research and teaching mentorship for fellows, and encourage partnership and mentorship with undergraduate institutions that historically serve underrepresented populations in the U.S.

IRACDA programs have been impacting postdoctoral scholars and the students they directly teach and mentor for nearly 20 years–having supported over 600 fellows nationally. IRACDA programs historically recruit more diverse cohorts of postdoctoral fellows relative to other major sources of postdoctoral funding and support, such as the F32 postdoctoral mechanism. As of the most recent assessment of IRACDA programs and scholar outcomes, sixty-three percent of IRACDA fellows were women, seventeen percent of fellows were Hispanic, and nineteen percent of fellows were African-American. The partner institutions of IRACDA programs are committed to serving and promoting communities of scholars who remain underrepresented in academia, including those underrepresented due to ethnicity, age, and/or physical impairment.

Nearly three-fourths of IRACDA fellows continue into academic careers as professors, researchers, and administors. These fellows remain engaged in quality research and teaching at colleges and universities across the U.S. Regardless of the roles and careers fellows pursue, their experiences within the IRACDA training program provide world-class skills in research, pedagogy, and professional development and prepare fellows to contribute to highly skilled and increasingly diverse professional communities across the United States.


Current IRACDA Programs

Alabama

Arizona

California

Georgia

Kansas

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Pennsylvania

Texas

Virginia