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PENN-PORT Program: Application

PENN-PORT Program Eligibility:

All postdocs must provide proof of a doctoral degree ( Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) and must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Preference is given to final year Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates with no previous postdoc experience.

Benefits and Stipend:
Fellowship stipends will be competitive with federal guidelines as set by the National Institute of Health (NIH), with annual increases as allowed by these guidelines. All medical benefits provided by the following insurance policies for all postdoctoral fellows

Finding a Mentor:
Applicants do not need a mentor at the time of completing the PENN-PORT application. PENN-PORT applicants can identfiy potential research labs based on their graduate training, research interests and specific career goals, as traditional postdocs do. However, all applicants must include two or three faculty of interest on their application. To find research faculty and review their research interests please visit:

All application documents can be submitted electronically to:
LaShauna M. Connell, Program Coordinator, PENN-PORT Program

A complete PENN PORT application packet includes:

  • PENN-PORT IRACDA application form (including three faculty of interest)
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement (describing career goals and experiences, highlighting your interest in a career in academia, and in working with underrepresented minorities)
  • Three letters of reference (under most circumstances one letter should be from your Ph.D. mentor)

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Cohort. Applications are considering on a rolling basis, beginning November 1st, 2015.

The application deadline is April 4th, 2016.


Click the link below to retreive the application:

IRACDA Application Form

All letters of reference should be addressed to:

Janis Burkhardt, Ph.D.
Director, PENN-PORT Program,Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
816D Abramson Research Center
3615 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 426-5410

PENN-PORT Admission Process:

Upon the receipt of all documents, individuals of interest will be contacted to arrange an interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be updated as needed. During your interview you will meet with faculty of interest, current postdocs, and our program director. In addition, you will be asked to give a short seminar on your current research.

For more information please contact the PENN-PORT office directly via email or phone: or (215) 746-3559


Charla LambertPENN-PORT Alumni, Charla Lambert states,” The PennPORT program connected me with a community of postdocs who, in addition to being successful researchers, enjoyed thinking about pedagogy, mentorship, student engagement, and professional development. Building a network of such colleagues who are multidimensional in their professional aspirations was an instrumental part of my postdoc experience”.