Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

Applications are now closed.  Fellowships will be announced by February 01, 2019.  Our FAQ’s are here.

Program Description

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program with a goal of increasing the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions.

Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Candidates from the STEM fields are encouraged. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

Eligibility

  • Graduate students from Penn and other institutions who have completed, or will complete their requirements for Ph.D. by the Fellowship start date
  • Postdoctoral scholars from other institutions who have completed their dissertation within the last three years
  • STEM applicants are encouraged
  • Professional applicants (M.D., D.M.D., V.M.D., J.D., etc.) within a year of completing their post-degree professional training
  • Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Postdocs, residents and fellows who currently have a position at Penn or CHOP are ineligible for this program

For additional information on the CHOP diversity fellowship program, click here

Appointments

Penn – Consistent with the University’s postdoc policy, appointments are for one year. Renewals to the second and third year of the program are made annually and will be based on satisfactory performance. Annual reports on the postdoc’s progress are required.

CHOP – Initial appointments to this postdoctoral fellowship are for 1 year. Extension to the second and third years of the program are contingent on completion of the CHOP Postdoctoral Fellow Annual Review Form and mutual agreement between the fellow and his/her primary mentor.

Awards

Fellows receive a stipend of $50,000 a year in year 1 with $2,000 increases in years 2 and 3.   Additionally, the fellow will receive annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000), and a one-time relocation expense of up to $5,000. The University and CHOP also provide a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package.

Successful candidate will receive highly mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research skills and prepare them for faculty positions in a major university.

The program is designed to provide postdocs with time to focus on research and publishing activities that will enhance their career prospects for either a faculty appointment in an academic institution or in other sectors of the economy such as industry, government or nonprofit organizations.

Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor and will begin as early as July 2019.

Program Funding

The Penn and CHOP programs are independently funded and have separate review processes. Sources of funding for the Penn fellowship include the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and vary depending upon the individual Schools. For details about program funding please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

The CHOP fellowship is funded by the Research Institute and the Primary Faculty Mentor.

Faculty who are interested in being mentors may contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for further information regarding the Penn fellowship or the CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for further information regarding the CHOP fellowship.

Mentors for both Penn and CHOP are required to submit an annual report describing the postdocs accomplishments.

Important Note: faculty who are contacted by applicants to serve as mentors should refer to the section below on the responsibilities associated with mentoring.

Roles and Responsibilities

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Prior to writing the letter the proposed mentor should meet or engage with applicants to determine compatible research interests and agree to act as his/her mentor
  • The letter included in the applicant’s submission should provide details on the postdoc’s research project, research goals and your plans for mentoring.
  • In consultation with the postdoctoral fellow, develop an Individual Mentorship Plan (IDP) shortly after the fellow’s arrival on campus.
    • IDP should define expectations for scholarly work to be completed
    • IDP should include a timeline for implementation of the Fellow’s proposed goals or plan
  • Schedule meetings to review IDP and review fellow’s accomplishments
  • Serve as a bridge to the fellow’s host department/colleagues
  • Facilitate professional development opportunities for the fellow
  • Serve as a professional resource to the fellow
  • Applicants may send mentors to this direct page with instructions.

Department Responsibilities:

  • Provide adequate work space
  • On-board the fellow and assist in establishing a Penn presence (ID card, email address, etc)
  • Provide the fellow with information about departmental meetings, colloquia, seminars, other events and important matters
  • Provide contact info for administrative people in the department
  • Provide information about department business and administrative practices
  • Provide Information about stipends and benefits.
  • Administer the fellows’ research and professional travel funds

Postdoctoral Fellow’s Responsibilities:

  • Reside in the Philadelphia area unless the fellow’s research program is of a global nature
  • In consultation with faculty mentor, complete an IDP shortly after arriving on campus
    • Identify research short-term and long-term goals
  • Schedule meetings with mentor to review the IDP. Document research and professional accomplishments
    • Suggested template for Life or Biomedical Sciences: Download template
    • Suggested IDP template for Social Sciences and Humanities: Visit Imagine website
  • Establish a presence in the department. Attend and participate in department meetings, seminars, and conferences
  • Focus on research and publications
  • Network with other fellows in the program and on campus
  • Participate in scheduled professional programming
  • Submit a copy of an IDP to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research annually
  • Note: As per the University’s postdoc policy, Fellowships are for one year are renewed annually based on satisfactory performance

Application Procedure

  1. Online application form, which includes
    • Education history
    • Teaching history (if applicable)
    • A curriculum vitae, including publications, awards, honors, current and pending funding, if any. CV document should be titled: last name_first name_CV eg: Smith_Jane_CV.pdf
    • A personal statement, no longer than three pages, single-spaced with one-inch margins. Must address all of the following elements in the following order:
      • Review your previous research accomplishments
      • Outline your proposed research plan and future research goals
      • Describe your commitment to pursuing an academic career
      • Detail your academic, employment and life experiences that would bring new perspectives to the University community and your chosen field
      • Personal statement document should be titled: last name_first name_Personal statement eg: Smith_Jane_Personal_Statement.pdf
  2. Three letters of reference from people acquainted with your work including one letter from your thesis advisor
  3. A letter from a Penn/CHOP faculty member with compatible research interests who you have contacted and who has agreed to act as a mentor for the duration of the fellowship.

Important: Prior to beginning your application, you should alert your 3 references (including thesis advisor) and Penn/CHOP mentor that they will receive an email request for their reference and/or mentor letters.

Email will be sent from: noreply@smapply.io
Subject line of email will be:  YOUR NAME Fellowship Support Letter for Penn/CHOP

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


If you have any questions about the Penn program please contact Josie Rook, Executive Director, Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

If you have any questions about the CHOP program please contact Paulette McRae, PhD, Academic Programs Officer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute.

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