San Diego State University

Career Development Training for Addiction Scientists

What Is ASSET?

Addiction Scientists Strengthened through Information Technology Solutions Education and Training (ASSET) is a substance use research training and education program focused exclusively on supporting Black and/or Latinx junior faculty.

ASSET provides research knowledge, skills, and mentored career development training to build faculty confidence and resilience to become independent scientists and leaders in substance use research.

Funding supports up to 6 fellows per year for a summer (12-week) structured training program in:

  • ‘Hard skills’ – e.g., manuscript and grant writing, grantspersonship, presentation skills, community-engaged substance use research, and responsible conduct of research with substance-affected communities
  • ‘Soft skills’ – e.g., network-building, mentoring, negotiation, and managing issues commonly faced by underrepresented minority investigators (‘impostor syndrome,’ service overburden)

ASSET will also promote the transition to independent research by offering ASSET fellows peer-reviewed developmental ‘seed’ grants and travel grants for them to gain critical, hands-on, professional experience on the formulation and execution of a successful research study.

Where Does The Program Take Place?

As a hybrid format program, ASSET will take place in-person in San Diego, California at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and remotely from the fellow’s home institution. Total time spent participating in-person ~4 weeks, total time spent participating remotely ~8 weeks.


Postdocs or junior faculty at the Assistant Professor level who are Black or African American and/or Latinx or Hispanic. Candidates should be interested in pursuing a research career related to substance use/addiction science. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

For more information and to apply:

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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Last updated: 2022-04-18