Applications being accepted for postdoc diversity programs

Applications being accepted for postdoc diversity programs

Applications are now being accepted for two Provost's Office programs that support diversity among postdoctoral scholars at Johns Hopkins.

Faculty members are invited to nominate scholars for the Provost's Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship, which will support up to one year of salary and provide fringe benefits and a small research award for individuals who will contribute to the diversity of his or her division and academic community. Faculty or postdocs may also apply for grants up to $3,000 for cross-disciplinary programming and professional development activities that will enhance mentoring and scholarly productivity for women and underrepresented minority postdoctoral scholars.

Applications for each program must be emailed to by Jan. 3.

The Postdoctoral Diversity 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."

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 three years; or professional applicants (who have an MD, JD, etc.) who are within three 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
  • 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.

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.

Applications for the postdoctoral program funding should be submitted to the same address, be less than three pages long, and include the following:

  • The project leader(s) and contact information
  • A list of JHU divisions involved (cross-disciplinary activities must involve more than one Johns Hopkins division)
  • A description of how the funds will be used
  • A project timeline and budget

For additional details, contact the Provost's Office at

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