The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) are now accepting applications for its Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professional applicants can apply for the fellowship program. The aim of fellowship is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research. Successful candidates will receive a stipend of $50,000 three years of funding and medical benefits, travel, relocation and much more.

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a joint effort between the two institutions. Though CHOP and Penn are independent entities, together they create a rich intellectual and scientific community, sharing several departments, faculty, and resources


  • Graduate students who will complete their Ph.D.s by the program’s start date or who have completed a Ph.D. within the past three years are eligible
  • 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
  • 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

How to Apply:

To apply for Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship application, the candidate can Sign in through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Curriculum vitae including current and pending publications
  • A personal statement, no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and one-inch margins, which must address all of the following in the order below:
  1. Reviews your previous research accomplishments
  2. Outlines your future research goals and proposed research
  3. Describes your commitment to pursuing an academic career
  4. Includes academic, employment or other life experiences that would bring new perspectives to the University community and your chosen field
  • Each page should be in number and have the applicant’s name in the header
  • Not more than three letters of reference from people acquainted with the applicant’s work. One reference letter should be from the applicant’s thesis advisor or faculty mentor. All reference letters must be upload on the following website:
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter from a Penn or CHOP faculty member having similar research interests confirming that he/she is willing to serve as the applicant’s primary mentor during the fellowship period. Mentor letters must be upload on the following website:

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Fellows receive a stipend of $50,000 a year in year 1 with $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3, as well as 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

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submission of fellowship applications is November 16, 2016.

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