Application Portal

Welcome to the UCI CNLM's Application Portal - your one-stop-shop for all CNLM applications. Below you will find links to all of the CNLM programs and opportunities that are currently accepting applications. 

If you have questions about the applications please email us at

Exceptional Mentor Award

The Exceptional Mentor Award recognizes a CNLM Fellow who demonstrates a track record of excellent intentional mentorship, or who has impacted the climate of a department or graduate program to better support the training experiences of early career scientists, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes an early career CNLM Fellow who is actively pushing boundaries and charting new paths in neuroscience research.

Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes an accomplished CNLM Fellow who has made transformative contributions to the field of learning and memory.

Public Impact Award

The Public Impact Award recognizes a CNLM Fellow who is actively engaged in translating research discoveries to have meaningful impact on the community.

Please note the following important conditions before you apply:

  • Applications are to be submitted by the candidates themselves and not by faculty sponsors.
  • Each award has distinct evaluation criteria and eligibility requirements. Please read through the requirements carefully before applying. Ineligible candidates will not be considered.
  • All applications require four components:

Brief CV/resume (no more than 2 pages); Unofficial transcript (for undergraduate and graduate students); Personal statement (500 words maximum; see criteria below); and Recommendation letter by sponsoring faculty member

  • Once applications are submitted, the faculty sponsor will be automatically contacted to request a recommendation letter.
  • You may apply for ONLY ONE award but you may be additionally considered for a different award from the one for which you applied (depending on availability of funds and competitiveness of the applicant pool).
  • Decisions will be made by a special awards committee composed of faculty members appointed by the CNLM director.
  • For questions, please email

Letters of recommendation are due Friday, May 3