Postdoctoral Travel Fellowships
The JGSBS Dean’s Office and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are pleased to be able to continue to provide travel fellowships for postdoctoral fellows. These awards are meant to help defray the costs of attending a national or international meeting at which an abstract has been accepted. To date, we have awarded almost $35,000 in travel fellowships, with awards averaging $800.
Going into our 6th year of this initiative, we will continue to award fellowships with larger amounts. We hope that this will allow faculty and departments to more easily cover the remaining travel expenses. The awards can be requested in amounts up to $800. Postdoctoral fellows that are at least in the second year of their current postdoctoral position at TJU by the time of the meeting are eligible to apply. The Awards and Fellowships Committee of the JCGS Graduate Council reviews and selects award recipients on a competitive basis. Only 1 fellowship will be awarded per postdoctoral fellow while at TJU.
This initiative was spurred by the results from the 2005 Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA) survey. The data demonstrated that more than 85% of JPA survey respondents went to 1 meeting or less/year over the course of their postdoctoral tenure. Attendance and presentation at scientific meetings allow postdocs to share their results with colleagues, hone their presentation skills, as well as network with scientists from across the globe. The survey results along with our commitment to enhance the professional development training of TJU postdocs prompted us to establish these travel fellowships.
Lisa Kozlowski, PhD
Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs and Recruitment
Gerald Grunwald, PhD
Dean, Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences