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2024 Johns Hopkins Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 21, 2023

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.


Johns Hopkins University aims to foster an environment of inclusive excellence, where remarkable diverse scholars can thrive and innovate in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. To achieve this, the university and its divisions have committed to investing in pipeline programs to eventually support the recruitment of diverse faculty. The overall goal of the Second Roadmap Faculty Diversity Initiative 2.0 (FDI) is to deepen and expand our commitments around diversity, equity and inclusion, building on what has worked while delving deeper into areas that are vital to the current and long-term success of our institution. To build sustainable pathways for diverse scholars to the professorate, the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program will work in concert with the JHU Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative and the Fannie Gaston Johansson Faculty of Excellence program. Together, these programs will help us achieve the goal of diversifying faculty at Johns Hopkins.

Program Description

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (PPF) program is a flagship component of the Faculty Diversity Initiative 2.0 in the Second Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We know from the research that there is a need to both grow the pool of diverse scholars interested in academic careers and to create for these scholars more intentional pathways to the profession. The PPF is designed to make meaningful advancements on this front at Hopkins.

The goals of the program are to:
  • Identify, recruit, and support outstanding early career postdoctoral scholars;
  • Create strategic pathways to STEM faculty positions for graduate students and postdocs from underrepresented groups; and
  • Build community, networking, and mentoring opportunities across the FDI programs.
A successful nominee will be someone with a diverse background and life experiences, who has the potential for both a successful fellowship and possible future tenure-track faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins. We plan to support up to 4 Fellows this year.

The fellowship supports:
  • Up to two years of salary at the current NIH level of support for postdoctoral fellows
  • Benefits
  • $5,000 for research expenses
  • $2,000 for professional development activities


Applicants may be:
  • Graduate students from Johns Hopkins or other institutions, who have completed a doctoral degree or will have completed their doctoral degree requirements by the fellowship start date
  • Current postdoctoral scholars who received their degrees within the last three years
  • Professional applicants (who have an MD, JD, etc), who are within three years of completing their professional or clinical training
Applicants are welcome from any area of study. Priority will be given to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Eligible STEM disciplines include:
Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biostatistics, Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Cellular Molecular Physiology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chemistry, and Civil And Systems Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Cross-Disciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Health and Engineering, Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Health Sciences Informatics, Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathobiology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Consistent with the NIH’s Interest in Diversity ( NOT-OD-20-031: Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity ), we encourage those with a diverse background and life experiences, such as racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, individuals from rural or socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and those of LGBTQIA identity to apply.

Only US citizens and permanent residents can apply.

Application Instructions

Applications should include the following materials:
  • Two recommendation letters
    • Generally, recommendation letters should include a summary of the length of time and capacity in which the recommender knows the applicant; the applicant’s strengths, areas for improvement, and performance relative to other colleagues; how the applicant would contribute to the diversity of their division and academic community; and the applicant’s potential as a future faculty member.
    • Recommendation letters should not exceed 3 pages.
  • Applicant cover letter
    • The cover letter should provide a concise overview of the purpose of the application and include the departments of interest to which the applicant may be matched.
    • The cover letter should not exceed 1 page.
  • Applicant personal statement.
    • The personal statement should describe past research accomplishments, future research goals, both during and after the fellowship; and a 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.
    • The personal statement should not exceed 3 pages.
  • Applicant statement of commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence
    • This statement should describe the applicant’s understanding of the significance of diversity and inclusive excellence towards fostering academic innovation; prior personal and professional experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion; a description of how they intend to show their commitment during and after the fellowship; what they hope to gain from and contribute towards this program; and why they should be chosen for this program.
    • The statement of commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Applicant curriculum vitae
    • There is no page limit for the curriculum vitae
  • Applicant writing sample
    • There is 25-page limit for the writing sample
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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