The Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity are competitive programs intended to increase the diversity of the academic research community at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). While the Penn and CHOP programs have a common application form, they are independently funded and have separate review processes.
Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experiences, research experiences and employment backgrounds will contribute significantly to their academic missions.
Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. STEM applications 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.
Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents
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
Professional applicants (M.D., D.M.D., V.M.D., J.D., etc.) within a year of completing their post-degree professional training
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
Penn’s Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships – 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 and mutual agreement between the fellow and the postdoc’s primary mentor. Annual reports on the postdoc’s progress are required.
CHOP Fellowships – 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 the postdoc’s primary mentor.
Fellows starting in July 2020 will receive a stipend of $54,000 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 candidates 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 2020.
While the Penn and CHOP programs have a common application form, they are independently funded and have separate review processes.
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.
Online application form, which includes
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
Three letters of reference from people acquainted with your work including one letter from your thesis advisor
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Roles and 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