The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) fellowship, is one of the oldest diversity fellowship programs in the nation and receives strong support and recognition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and peer institutions. Program support is offered to our postdocs by top level administrators, departments, centers and institutes. The program is part of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, a unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The CPPFD has grown to a continuing class of ten outstanding scholars who serve a two year appointment. Recruiting is carried out on a national basis, historically attracting scholars predominantly from the humanities but with growing exposure to all fields. More than 160 scholars have participated in the program that had its first scholar in 1983.

“I chose the CPPFD program because no other postdoctoral program I am familiar with allows their diversity postdocs the time to focus exclusively on publishing without the demands of teaching… I also selected the CPPFD program because one of its stated objectives is to mentor its postdocs for their future academic careers.” ~~ Dr. Jocelyn Chua, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I cannot say strongly enough what a difference the fellowship made to my academic development. The postdoc served as a reprieve for me: a chance to spend the time on acquisition of skills that I still needed. The quality of work I have been able to produce since then is due directly to the opportunity I was given in those two postdoc years.” ~~ Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, University of California, Los Angeles.