Academic Trainee Office

The Academic Trainee Office in the Semel Institute hires and supports postdoctoral scholars from all over the world as well as UCLA Graduate students and Predoctoral trainees from various departments as they navigate through their early research careers in the field of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and the Neurosciences.

Postdoctoral Scholars.
Postdocs are recent Doctoral graduates. They participate in a period of intense research training designed to prepare them for careers in academia and industry. They all hold a payroll title but can be paid a taxable income from the department or a stipend through Graduate Division.
More information on application details and for new/current Postdocs and Administrators.

Graduate Student Researchers.
GSRs are Graduate students that assist Faculty with scholarly research. They hold a payroll title and are paid a taxable income form the department.
Information for prospective and new/current GSRs and Administrators

Predoctoral Trainees.
Predocs are selected for high achievement and promise as scholars. They server in a very similar capacity to GSRs, however, they hold no payroll title and stipends are paid through Graduate Division.
Information for prospective, new and current Predocs and Administrators

Visiting Graduate Researcher (VGR) 

A Visiting Graduate Researcher (VGR) is an individual, domestic or international, who is: (1) enrolled as degree-seeking graduate student at a non-University of California institution and maintaining satisfactory advancement towards the completion of his or her academic degree, and (2) invited to conduct short-term doctoral research or participate in a "prescribed course of study" such as a mentored or independent research project or master’s research collaborations with a faculty member at UCLA.
Appointment Guidelines & Forms