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Postdoctoral Programs

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award

Applying for Postdoctoral Positions

The VCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) is a unique three-year postdoctoral program designed to train fellows in biomedical research and 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 local minority-serving institutions. IRACDA fellows are matched with a research mentor at VCU and teaching mentors at Virginia Union University or Virginia State University. 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 research and teaching linkages between research-intensive institutions and minority-serving institutions.


Eligible applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent and must complete the degree before starting the program. VCU 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. Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process

Interested applicants should apply using the online application and will need to submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of career goals (including both research and teaching interests), graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but should be complete 3-4 months prior to the desired start date. A successful candidate must demonstrate an interest in teaching, excellence in research and an interest in increasing diversity in the biomedical sciences workforce.

For questions about the application process, please contact For information about the VCU IRACDA program and finding potential research mentors at VCU, please contact the program co-director, Dr. Joyce Lloyd at


 IRACDA trainees