Provost’s Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship

Hopkins Commitment

Johns Hopkins aims to foster an environment of inclusive excellence, where remarkable diverse scholars can thrive and innovate in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. To achieve this, the university and its divisions have committed to investing in pipeline programs to eventually support the recruitment of diverse faculty. The overall goal of the Second Roadmap Faculty Diversity Initiative 2.0 (FDI) is to deepen and expand our commitments around diversity, equity and inclusion, building on what has worked while delving deeper into areas that are vital to the current and long-term success of our institution. To build sustainable pathways for diverse scholars to the professorate, the Provost’s Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship Program will work in concert with the JHU Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative and the Fannie Gaston Johansson Faculty of Excellence program. Together, these programs will help us achieve the goal of diversifying faculty at Johns Hopkins. 

Program Description

The Provost’s Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship Program (PPDFP) is a flagship component of the Faculty Diversity Initiative 2.0 in the Second Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We know from the research that there is a need to both grow the pool of diverse scholars interested in academic careersand to create for these scholars more intentional pathways to the profession. The PPDFP is designed to make meaningful advancements on this front at Hopkins. 

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The goals of this program are to:

  • Identify, recruit, and support outstanding early career postdoctoral scholars;
  • Create strategic pathways to STEM faculty positions for graduate students and postdocs from underrepresented groups; and
  • Build community, networking, and mentoring opportunities across the FDI programs. 

This fellowship supports:

  • Up to two years of salary at the current NIH level of support for postdoctoral fellows
  • $5,000 for research expenses
  • $2,000 for professional development activities


Applicants may be:

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  • Graduate students from Johns Hopkins or other institutions, who have completed a doctoral degree or will have completed their doctoral degree requirements by the fellowship start date 
  • Current postdoctoral scholars who received their degrees within the last three years
  • Professional applicants (who have an MD, JD, etc), who are within three years of completing their professional or clinical training

Applicants are welcome from any area of study. Priority will be given to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Consistent with the NIH’s Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031: Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity), we encourage those with a diverse background and life experiences, such as racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, individuals from rural or socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and those of LGBTQIA identity to apply.  

Eligible STEM disciplines include: Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biostatistics, Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Cellular Molecular Physiology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chemistry, and Civil And Systems Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Cross-Disciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Health and Engineering, Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Health Sciences Informatics, Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathobiology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and


Applications should be submitted through Interfolio and should contain the following materials:

Two Letters of Recommendation

Generally, recommendation letters should include a summary of the length of time and capacity in which the recommender knows the applicant; the applicant’s strengths, areas for improvement, and performance relative to other colleagues; how the applicant would contribute to the diversity of their division and academic community; and the applicant’s potential as a future faculty member.

Recommendation letters should not exceed 3 pages. 

Applicant Cover Letter

The cover letter should provide a concise overview of the purpose of the application and include the departments of interest to which the applicant may be matched. 

The cover letter should not exceed 1 page. 

Applicant Personal Statement

The personal statement should describe past research accomplishments, future research goals, both during and after the fellowship; and a commitment to pursuing an academic career. The statement should include a description of the specific research and development activities to be undertaken during the fellowship period and a timeline for completion of those activities. 

The personal statement should not exceed 3 pages. 

Applicant Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

This statement should describe the applicant’s understanding of the significance of diversity and inclusive excellence towards fostering academic innovation; prior personal and professional experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion; a description of how they intend to show their commitment during and after the fellowship; what they hope to gain from and contribute towards this program; and why they should be chosen for this program. 

The statement of commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence should not exceed 2 pages. 

Applicant Curriculum Vitae

There is no page limit for the curriculum vitae.

Applicant Writing Sample

There is a 25 page limit for the writing sample 

Application Timeline

  1. 11-01-2022 Application Opens
  2. 12-31-2022 Application Deadline
  3. 10-02-2023 Review Period Begins
  4. 02-28-2023 Review Period Ends
  5. 04-01-2023 Applicant Notices Released
  6. 05-01-2023 Applicant Acceptance Deadline
  7. 07-15-2023 Earliest start date of fellowship
*If needed, a later start date can be determined
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Review Process

  • Applications will go through an initial administrative review by the Office of the Provost
  • Applications will be sent to respective University divisional departments for review
  • Departments will send a ranked list of candidates to the Office of the Provost, along with a letter including available resources they can contribute to the candidates (office space, training, funds, etc), proposed budget and a detailed mentoring plan. 
  • The PPDFP selection committee will review the ranked applications and make final selections.