Postdoctoral scholars hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent. Unlike Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral Scholars enroll with the UCLA Graduate Division for an approved research and training program under faculty supervision. Postdoctoral scholars normally apply in response to a formal position announcement, though in some cases the postdoctoral position may be established independently with an individual faculty member.
Postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Public Policy are relatively rare, as they usually require funding from a research project housed at UCLA, and the funding from these projects is most often reserved for UCLA graduate students. Most postoctoral positions in the School of Public Affairs are sponsored by research centers, not by academic departments.