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FIRST Program

Catalyzing institutional transformation and inclusive excellence through recruitment and development of diverse faculty across UC San Diego

The UC San Diego NIH-funded Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program initiative is recruiting 12 new tenure-track assistant professors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in the biomedical workforce.


Applications for the FIRST program are now being accepted!

Next review date is June 23, 2024.


NEW | UC San Diego FIRST Program held an information session webinar on September 13, 2023. Please contact the program at if you would like access to the webinar recording.

The UC San Diego FIRST program will enhance institutional transformation and inclusive excellence through hiring 12 diverse faculty in 4 clusters areas including Cancer, Cardiovascular Sciences, Immunology/Infectious Diseases and Neurosciences. The FIRST faculty will form a cohort and engage in structured Faculty Development Core components that provide effective, evidence-based professional development. FIRST faculty will receive strong mentorship in research and career development, guidance in academic promotion, integration into the university and access to networks of colleagues and communities of diverse scholars.

Read about UC San Diego FIRST Program News

UC San Diego Receives $16 Million NIH FIRST Award

The UC San Diego FIRST Program will enhance diversity in the biomedical sciences with the recruitment of diverse, early-career researchers and new programs to improve faculty recruitment, retention, inclusion and success. Read more here.

UCSD Awarded $16M to Recruit Diverse Biomedical Science Faculty

UC San Diego is the recipient of a five-year, $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to recruit 12 diverse, early-career research faculty in the biomedical sciences. Read more here.

Explore FIRST at UC San Diego

Applications Now Open!

Next review date | June 23, 2024