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Essential Resources for Succeeding as a Fellow


Knowing your resources and early, proactive career planning are crucial to succeeding as a fellow. Clearly defining your goals and setting specific timelines and benchmarks for assessing your progress will make your transition from your fellowship into your career a more manageable, less stressful process. We're here to help!

New Postdocs

To learn more about getting started in your fellowship, orientation, information about living in Baltimore, etc., click here.

Questions About Your Appointment as a Research Fellow

If you have questions about your appointment (stipend, benefits, renewals, etc.), please send them to

Individual Development Plans

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.

Career Advising, Professional Development, and Career Training Opportunities

The Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO) provides a year-round schedule of career training events and opportunities designed to help you explore a diverse array of careers. The PDCO also provides individualized career counseling, for which you can make an appointment through their website.

Fellowship-specific Advising

If you would like to speak with someone from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs about issues specifically pertaining to your fellowship at Hopkins, you can also seek advising by contacting the assistant director, Megan Bohn, at

Building Your Professional Network & Career Skills

The best way to build your network is to reach out to your peers and colleagues and get involved! The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) is committed to building the postdoctoral community at Hopkins as well as offering professional development events throughout the year. Special events to look out for are Postdoctoberfest in the fall and the annual retreat in the spring. The JHPDA is run by postdocs for postdocs and is looking for volunteers, which is a great way to build academic service and leadership experience.

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