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Essential Resources for Succeeding as a Fellow

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Core Competencies for Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows at the start of their research terms should consult this list of core competencies as they plan their training. The above link will take you to a guide for what knowledge and skill sets you should plan to acquire over the course of your graduate and postdoctoral training to succeed on the job market. We will continually update this site to provide you with information about where and how to train in these areas.

Individual Development Plan

Open and productive communication between the postdoctoral fellow and their mentor is crucial to a successful fellowship, and the use of an Individual Development Plan  is great way to create an effective training plan. Completed in cooperation between the fellow and mentor, fellows can develop a vision for research and career development.


Multiple Mentoring

We recommend that postdoctoral fellows have more than one mentor to help advise them throughout the course of postdoctoral research training. Ideally, these mentoring relationships are established early in the postdoctoral fellowship and marked by regular meetings to discuss research and career progress.


Professional Development & Career Office

The PDCO offers a regular schedule of professional development and career exploration events throughout the year. Early career planning is key to success, so fellows are encouraged to seek PDCO resources on day one of their fellowship.


Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association

Run by fellows for fellows, the JHPDA supports and enhances the postdoctoral experience at Johns Hopkins University on the East Baltimore and Bayview campuses.


Resources for Managing Workplace Conflicts

The link above provides resources and guidance for faculty and fellows seeking to resolve conflicts that may arise over the course of a fellow's training.


University Health Services

All full-time postdoctoral fellows are enrolled in University Health Services and have access to adult primary care and mental health services.


International Fellows

Several offices and organizations exist on the JHU campus to assist international trainees. Training in writing and speaking English is also available on the campus and in the community. The above link provides information on where to find these resources.


Disability Services

Postdoctoral fellows who have a documented disability, questions about disability services, and/or would like to request accommodations should contact the disability services coordinator, Megan Sampley Bohn. The link above provides more detailed information about resources and procedures.

Registering for Courses as a Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible to take courses in most divisions of Johns Hopkins University. The link above provides information about registrations procedures and forms.


Women in Science, Diversity, & Inclusion

The above page contains links for offices and groups supporting diversity and women in science. Locations for Mother's Rooms can also be found here.


Finding Funding