Faculty Career Development Program

Faculty Career Development Program

Accepting Applications Now through October 31, 2019.

The Faculty Career Development Program (FCDP) provides support to current UC San Diego junior faculty to enhance their chances for advancement to the level of Associate Professor (tenured) level. The FCDP recognizes and rewards individuals who have promoted diversity and equal opportunity along with their academic ventures.

The call for proposals is distributed annually. Awards are announced in the spring and implemented in the following academic year. Reports on how award funds were used are required from each awardee at the end of the academic year.

Eligibility and Description

The FCDP is open to all Assistant Professors with Academic Senate membership (Ladder-Rank, In Residence, LPSOE, and Clinical X series), without regard to race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. The program also recognizes and rewards individuals who have promoted diversity and equal opportunity. An applicant must have been employed in one of the named series for at least one year by the application deadline and must be at the rank of Assistant Professor at the time the award is utilized.

Awards and Reporting

FCDP awards are in the form of reimbursements to departments for substitute instructors, and the amounts are based on a rate established by the Executive Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs.

Applicants may request funding for release from the teaching of one to two courses in order to allow time to concentrate their efforts on research or creative activities. The course relief rate to be applied in AY 2020-2021 is $8,500 per course (for a maximum of $17,000 for two courses). Applicants in the Health Sciences may request release time from clinical duties, and the amount of funding will be comparable to that for course relief on the General Campus, up to a maximum of $17,000.  The program may also provide support for supplies and equipment, salary for an assistant, summer research, travel expenses related to a project, etc.  The awards are subject to availability of funds.

An FCDP award that provides teaching relief does not relieve the awardee of other department responsibilities and university service. The FCDP is an in-residence program, and the award of an FCDP grant does not confer a leave of absence. Applicants are advised to obtain approval from their department chairs and deans for absences due to FCDP-related research conducted away from campus.

AN AWARD CARRIES WITH IT THE AWARDEE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A REPORT ON THE USE OF THE FUNDS. The report must detail how funds were expended and how the award assisted the recipient in achieving the goals set forth in the proposal (such as obtaining grant funding, completing research, and/or publication of research). Please submit the report online at Final Report

The awardee:

  1. is responsible for administration of the award;
  2. is personally responsible for any overdrafts; and
  3. must return funds not spent by the end of the award use period.

Any equipment purchased with a Faculty Career Development Program award becomes the property of the University upon acquisition and reverts to the University upon completion of the project for which the funds were awarded. All expenditures are subject to applicable University regulations.
Awards must be used during the assigned academic year.

Contacts:  Academic Recruitment Services (OARS) is responsible for implementing the FCDP.   For questions or assistance, please contact:

Jennifer Park, Ext. 25862 or jennifer@ucsd.edu.
Carla Solomon, Ext, 43623 or oars@ucsd.edu.


Use the Chrome Brower or Internet Explorer and your UCSD Google Account to complete the electronic application at  FCDP Application.

Complete instructions are available on the Faculty Career Development Program web page https://aps.ucsd.edu/facdev/fcdp.html.


The applicant completes the FCDP Application Form and sends it to the department chair along with their UC San Diego Academic Biography and Bibliography form before the deadline, October 31, 2019.

The department chair completes the Department Chair’s Evaluation form by October 31, 2019.


Completed proposals will be reviewed by the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity, and recommendations will be submitted to the Executive Vice Chancellor- Academic Affairs. Applicants will be notified of the results before the award year.


Awards must be used during the academic year July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 FCDP Awardees!

  • Patty Ahn, Communication
  • Abigail Andrews, Sociology
  • Jennifer Chang, Theatre and Dance
  • Teevrat Garg, GPS
  • Nicole Miller, Visual Arts/Media
  • Brandon Som, Literature
  • Saiba Varma, Anthropology
  • Alena Williams, Visual Arts
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