Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

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Welcome to Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

The University of Pennsylvania has long been recognized for its belief in the importance of education and its pursuit of excellence. The office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) works to uphold this tradition by providing biomedical postdocs in the Perelman School of MedicineSchool of Veterinary MedicineSchool of Dental MedicineSchool of Nursing, The Department of Biology at the School of Arts & Sciences, The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaMonell Chemical Senses Center, Swarthmore College and The Wistar Institute with the highest quality training in and outside of the labs. From its first-rate programming series to its emphasis on career development as well as personal development, BPP works to enhance the life of biomedical postdocs. In addition, BPP provides administrative support to both mentors and postdoctoral appointees so that the latter can focus on research training and professional development.

Recent Updates

Upcoming Changes to Postdoc Stipends and Benefits (Effective July 1, 2023)

Please see the message here from Dr. Dawn Bonnell, Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR): effective July 1, 2023, the University will adopt new minimum stipend levels and improved benefits packages for all postdoctoral researchers and fellows.  The postdoc community was notified of this announcement on Monday, April 3, 2023.

The OVPR and the University have generously offered to partner with PSOM to cover the increased costs for at least 12 months. 

In addition, as you can see here, new benefits will have an EB rate of 21%, a rate which reflects approximately equivalent costs for benefits that labs/programs were previously paying directly (thus, should not be a new financial burden).

Our PSOM Finance team will work with your departments to operationalize these changes, with more details to follow.

Thank you,

Jon and Maja

Jon Epstein, MD, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer
Maja Bucan, PhD, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Research Training and Director of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

New Policy for Postdoctoral Trainees

During the last academic year, the Penn community engaged in an examination of the Policy for Postdoctoral Trainees to determine if changes were warranted. One motivating factor was the lack of a grievance process for the Postdocs. The new policy was posted in the Almanac on June 21, 2022 ( Please, review the new policy and the memo from Dawn Bonnell, Senior Vice Provost for Research outlining major changes. If you need more information, please contact Ana-Rita Mayol, BPP Administrative Director at or

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