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Policies for Postdoctoral Research Fellows

University-wide Postdoctoral Fellow Policy

This University-wide policy sets forth minimum requirements for the official appointment of postdoctoral fellows and the salary, benefits, leave, and accommodation requirements for all postdoctoral fellows. School of Medicine-specific policies for appointments, vacation, leave, etc. are detailed in the links below.

Appointment Policies

Leave Policies


Individual Development Plan Requirement

Postdoctoral research fellows who began their fellowship on or after July 1, 2018 will be required to complete an Individual Development Plan with their mentor. To view IDP instructions and download forms, click here.

Equal Opportunity

The Office of Institutional Equity provides equal opportunity policies, procedures, and resources for:

  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Disability Accommodations and ADA Compliance
  • Religious Accommodations
  • Diversity
  • Confidential Resources

Research Policies

The Office of Policy Coordination website contains updated information on policies and procedures related to:

  • Research Integrity
  • Outside Interests and Conflict of Interest
  • Interaction with Industry
  • Sunshine Act
  • Additional policies and regulations

School of Medicine Postdoctoral Code of Conduct Statement

As members of the Johns Hopkins University community, postdoctoral fellows are expected to maintain high standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical and professional conduct and to maintain a safe, respectful training and workplace environment. Failure to comply with these standards; institutional policies and other requirements; and/or laws may be reviewed and adjudicated by the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, in consultation with the Vice Dean for Education, and can result in sanctions, up to and including termination of the postdoctoral appointment.

Workplace Conflict

Postdoctoral fellows who have a dispute with a mentor or colleague may bring complaints to their PI, department director, or to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. When appropriate (excluding matters of workplace safety, forms of harassment, legal matters, etc.), the Office will attempt to counsel and aid conflict mediation through informal discussion, decision-making, and goal-setting. In the event that a dispute cannot be solved by informal discussions described in the previous section, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs can advise on more formal avenues for addressing disputes, such as the Grievance Procedure for Faculty, Fellows and the Student Body.

Reporting Learner Mistreatment

If you have experienced or witnessed mistreatment and/or disruptive behavior, you can submit complaints through the Resources for Reporting Mistreatment webpage.

Additional Training and Research Policies


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