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Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow Program


The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is part of the Faculty Diversity Initiative, which is one of many programs outlined in the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion. The Office of the Provost has stated that the fellowships “seek to locate, promote, and nurture the work of outstanding early career postdoctoral scholars at Johns Hopkins University. The program will prepare participants for faculty positions at Johns Hopkins (or elsewhere), particularly in fields where there are fewer women or members of underrepresented minorities. A successful nominee will be someone with diverse life experiences and background who has potential for both a successful fellowship and a possible future tenure-track faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins.

The fellowship supports:

  • One year of salary at the current NIH level of support for postdoctoral fellow (1st year, 2nd year, etc.)
  • Benefits (determined by home department’s administrative manager)
  • $5,000 stipend for research expenses
  • $2,000 for professional development activities (travel to/registration for a workshop/conference, etc.)

Nominations must be made by the Johns Hopkins faculty member who will be the scholar’s primary mentor. Nominees may be graduate students from Johns Hopkins or other institutions who have completed a doctoral degree or will complete their requirements by the fellowship start date; current JHU postdoctoral scholars, or individuals coming to JHU with postdoctoral training from other institutions, who received their degrees within the last four years; or professional applicants (who have an MD, JD, etc.) who are within four years of completing their professional or clinical training.

Nominations are welcome from any area of study, and priority consideration will be given to nominees in fields where there are fewer women or underrepresented minorities and to individuals whose funding has been exhausted.

Applications should include the following:

  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement from the nominee that describes past research accomplishments; future research goals, both during and after the fellowship; and commitment to pursuing an academic career. The statement should include a description of the specific research and development activities to be undertaken during the fellowship period and a timeline for completion of those activities. If requesting two years of support, it must be clear why this amount of time is needed.
  • A letter of support from the faculty mentor that describes length of time and capacity in which he or she knows the nominee; nominee’s strengths, weaknesses, and performance relative to those of other fellows; how the nominee would contribute to the diversity of his or her division and academic community; nominee’s potential as a future faculty member; and a mentorship plan that includes professional and scholarly activities to be undertaken during the nominee’s fellowship that will advance his or her preparation for a tenure-track faculty position.
  • Optional: A letter from the relevant Dean or Chair in the nominee’s field stating that there is the intention for a faculty position opening in a Hopkins department at the end of the fellowship period for which the nominee could become a competitive candidate. This is not a guarantee of an open position, nor that the postdoctoral fellow would be selected as the top candidate. However, the possibility for a faculty opening that would be an appropriate fit for the fellow would add strength to the application.
  • Optional: A letter from the relevant Dean or Chair indicating a contribution of divisional funds toward salary or research costs would strengthen the application.For additional details, contact the Provost’s Office at are accepted November 15 – January 16.
  • Faculty members submitting nominations agree to serve as the nominee’s primary mentor and are assumed to have obtained appropriate approval for recruitment from their department/divisional director.

For additional details, please contact the Provost’s Office at


Office of the Provost

265 Garland Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Phone: (410) 516-8070
Fax: (410) 516-8035


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