PennPORT admissions is currently open and accepting applications. Applications for the Fall cohort has been extended to February 15, 2023. Interested candidates with questions about the program or the application process are welcomed to contact program leadership and prospective research mentors at any time.

PennPORT 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 will be provided by the following insurance policies for all postdoctoral fellows

Finding a Research Mentor

Most active Research Faculty at Penn, Wistar, and CHOP can serve as PennPORT Research Mentors. Applicants do not need a mentor at the time of completing the PennPORT application. PennPORT applicants can identify potential research labs based on their graduate training, research interests and specific career goals, as traditional postdocs do. However, all applicants must specify two or three faculty of interest on their application. To find research faculty and review their research interests please visit:

How to Apply

Application deadline: February 15, 2023.  Top candidates will be expected to interview with the admissions committee and prospective labs either online or in person during March and April. New fellows start between Aug 1 and Oct 1.

A complete PennPORT application packet includes:

  • PennPORT IRACDA application form (link provided below)
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae (upload with application form)
  • A personal statement describing career goals and experiences, highlighting your interest in a career in academia, and in working with underrepresented minorities (upload with application form)
  • Three letters of reference (under most circumstances one letter should be from your Ph.D. mentor)
    • Recommenders should email letters directly to Elena Cruz at Please specify PennPORT and applicant full name in the subject line. 

Letters should be addressed to:

Janis K Burkhardt, PhD
Director, PennPORT Program
Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
3615 Civic Center Blvd, ARC 816D
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Click the link below to retrieve the application:



PennPORT Admission Process

Consideration of applications will begin in January. Additional materials can be updated as needed. Individuals of interest will be contacted to arrange an interview. During your interview you will meet with faculty of interest, current postdocs, and program leadership. In addition, you will be asked to give a short seminar on your current research.

Questions about PennPORT program or the admissions process can be addressed to:

Dr. Janis Burkhardt, Program Director:

Dr. Donita Brady, Program Co-Director:

Elena Cruz, Administrator:


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