Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
JCBS Travel Fellowship Award


The JCBS 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 cost of attending a national or international meeting at which an abstract has been accepted. Starting with the October 2015 application cycle, postdocs are allowed to apply their fellowship to help defray the costs of a career or professional development opportunity, such as a course or workshop not available at Jefferson, for example, meetings and courses program or special topics courses.  

Since our 12th year of this initiative in 2016, we were able to grant fellowships with larger amounts. We hope that this will allow faculty and departments to more easily cover the remaining travel expenses. The travel fellowships can be requested in amounts up to $1000. 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 JCBS Graduate Council reviews and selects fellowship recipients on a competitive basis. Only 1 fellowship will be awarded per postdoctoral fellow while at TJU.

Deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 1.

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.

Official guidelines and an application form are available online. Please contact Dr. Lisa Kozlowski with any questions.