Penn and CHOP Partner to Offer Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) are independent entities; together they create a rich intellectual and scientific community, sharing several departments, faculty and resources. CHOP and Penn partner to fund Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Academic Diversity. This partnership allows fellows from CHOP and Penn to form a cohesive cohort and to take advantage of programming and support at both institutions.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

CHOP's Commitment to Diversity

One of the world’s premier pediatric hospitals and research institutions, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) views diversity as a key driver of achievement, particularly when innovation is critical. As such, CHOP is committed to contributing to and supporting an inclusive and representative biomedical research workforce.

About the CHOP Fellowship Program
Note: Applicants will need to identify a CHOP-based faculty mentor, use the Investigator Search Tool to browse CHOP mentors.


  • Salary ($54,000 in year 1, increasing in $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3) and benefits
  • Annual allowance for travel ($2,000) and supplies ($5,000), and a one-time relocation allowance for external candidates (up to $5,000)
  • Supports the fellow to develop into an independent investigator, create his/her professional network, and understand the process of attaining independent funding
  • Includes a personalized mentoring component to support trainees with various career goals
  • Facilitates the fellow's participation in all programming provided by Penn’s Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs
  • Provides workshops and seminars to prepare fellows for the next step in their careers

CHOP Faculty Please NOTE: The Research Institute covers 80% of the salary and benefits and 100% of the travel, supplies, and relocation allowances for the duration of the three year appointment. The faculty member would be required to provide funding for the remaining 20% of salary support and benefits. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Graduate students who will complete their Ph.D. requirements by the fellowship start date
  • Postdoctoral scholars who have completed their dissertation within the last three years
  • Postdoctoral fellows who have been at CHOP less than one year at the time of application are eligible, candidates who are not currently at CHOP are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Professional applicants (M.D., D.M.D., V.M.D., J.D., etc.) within a year of completing their post-degree professional training
  • Applicants must submit a completed application package (including reference letters and a letter of support from the selected CHOP based mentor)
  • Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor to begin as early as July 2020


Application Procedure

Required applications materials include:

1. Completed Application Form

2. Curriculum vitae including current and pending publications

3. Personal statement, no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and one inch margins, which must address all of the following in the order below.

  • Reviews your previous research accomplishments
  • Outlines your future research goals and proposed research
  • Describes your long-term career goals
  • Includes academic, employment or other life experiences that would bring new perspectives to the University community and your chosen field

Note: Each page should be numbered and have the applicant’s name in the header.

4. 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.

5. Applicants are required to submit a letter from a CHOP-based 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 of support should include the proposed mentoring plan and be no more than 1 page long, followed by the mentor's biosketch. The mentor letter and biosketch should be submitted as one document.

6. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The Application Cycle is now CLOSED


For more information about the Penn/CHOP partnership click Here.


Please contact Paulette McRae, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.




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