Barriers Faced by Underrepersented Groups in the Transition to Faculty

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In May, NIGMS released a request for information of ways to help postdocs from diverse backgrounds transition to faculty positions. On November 8, they posted the article: Your Perspectives: Strategies for Enhancing Postdoctoral Career Transitions to Promote Faculty Diversity. Below is a summary of their findings.

Top 5 barriers

  • Bias
  • Mentorship
  • Personal finances
  • Current lack of faculty diversity
  • Position availability

Top 5  potential solutions

  • Institutional responsibility
  • Enhanced mentorship
  • Transitional awards
  • Increased networking
  • Focused recruitment and hiring/skills development (tied)
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