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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 mentorTo view IDP instructions and download forms, click here.

Career Counseling

Postdoctoral fellows can make appointments for individual career counseling (matters relating to career exploration, job searches and applications, resumes, CVs, and cover letters, etc.) either by booking appointments with the Professional Development and Career Office through their online career services platform Handshake or by emailing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Other inquiries about fellowship-specific advising not related to career counseling should be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Professional Development & Career Training Opportunities

The Professional Development and Career Office provides a year-round schedule of career training events and opportunities designed to help you explore a diverse array of careers. For additional events, refer to our office calendar and to resources to help you develop your Individual Development Plan (IDP).

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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