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

Applications for the Fall 2019 Cohort will open beginning January 1st , 2019, and will be considered on a rolling basis until April 1st , 2019.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the cycle, since updates to the application are welcome anytime. 

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 Dr. Janis Burkhardt, PennPORT Director, at Please specify PennPORT and applicant full name in the subject line. 

Click the link below to retrieve the application:


Letters should be addressed to:

Janis Burkhardt, Ph.D.
Director, PennPORT 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 

PennPORT Admission Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and 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. Arnaldo Diaz, Program Co-Director:

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