In 2019, The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies partnered with the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) to offer up to two (2) Postdoctoral fellowships per academic year. The purpose of this postdoctoral fellowship program is to advance excellence through a commitment to diversity and equity in the fields supported by the Bunche Center. These Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (CPF) recipients are housed within the broader Bunche Fellows Program.

To be considered for a Bunche/CPF fellowship, all interested candidates must first apply to the PPFP. Bunche Fellows are selected from a list of PPFP applicants who were ranked as alternates or unranked finalists and had indicated potential mentors at UCLA. A committee of Bunche affiliated faculty review the applicants. Bunche CPFs participate in all PPFP activities and are entitled to the UC hiring incentive. Selections will be made in the spring with fellows beginning the fall of the next academic year.


Qualified candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research or service and who will have a doctorate awarded by the start of the appointment on July 1st.


The award provides a salary staring at approximately $53,460 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave and up to $5,000 for research-related and program expenses.


For more information about the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and to apply, please click here.

Current Bunche Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Farzana Saleem is a UCLA Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her Ph.D. in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at the George Washington University. Dr. Saleem’s research examines the impact of racial stress and trauma on the mental health of Black and Brown children and adolescents. She uses a strengths-based lens to understand culturally relevant protective factors against racial discrimination at the family and community levels. In particular, Dr. Saleem is interested in the psychological and academic benefits of parents’ and teachers’ ethnic-racial socialization. She also investigates how community and school processes, such as neighborhood cohesion and school racial climate, impact the effects of racial discrimination. Dr. Saleem is dedicated to applied research focused on eradicating racial disparities in mental health and promoting the overall health and well-being of marginalized and racially diverse youth, families, and communities.

Dr. Philana Payton is a Scholar-Activist who will be a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in fall of 2020. She is a graduate of the Cinema and Media Studies master’s and doctoral program at the University of Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree from Claflin University. Her research focus uses Black Studies, Performance Theory and Film Theory to explore blackness and visual culture through Black women’s performances. Dr. Payton has also done extensive archival research on early 20th century Black Silent Cinema and has conducted race and gender analyses on classical era films through today’s cinema, television, and media.