Outstanding Postdoc & Mentor Awards

Annually, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers Outstanding Postdoc and Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Awards recognizing exceptional postdocs and postdoc mentors.

The Outstanding Postdoc Awards recognize Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows who demonstrate excellence in research, communication, and leadership. Nominees must be nominated by a faculty member and have completed at least 3 months of postdoctoral service at CU Boulder at the time of application.

The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes a tenure-track faculty member or Adjoint Professor who provides exemplary mentoring, training, and leadership to postdoctoral scholars at CU Boulder. Mentors must have completed at least 3 months of postdoctoral mentoring at CU Boulder at the time of nomination, and cannot have received an Outstanding Mentor Award in the past.

PAC Boulder Travel Awards

The Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC) Boulder provides grants to support postdoc travel to conferences. The $200 awards assist with registration fees, lodging, airfare costs, and/or food. In order to be eligible for this award, you will need to answer two questions in 200 words or less:

  1. What are you presenting at the conference?
  2. How will attending this conference benefit your career?

Along with this, you will need to provide proof that you have submitted an abstract to the conference you will want to attend. These answers will be evaluated by a PAC committee, as well as two faculty members, to determine the recipients of the travel awards. For more information, visit the PAC Boulder Travel Award site.


All CU Boulder postdocs have access to free memberships. These include PAC Boulder, Versatile PhD, the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and the National Postdoc Association. More details on each can be found on the OPA Memberships page.