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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
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Postdoctoral Travel Fellowships

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 will also be 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.  

In our 10th year of this initiative, we will continue 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 $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 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.

Lisa Kozlowski, PhD
Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Affairs and Recruitment

Gerald Grunwald, PhD
Dean, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences

Office of the Ombudsperson

Dear Postdocs,

If the situation should arise that you need help with particular issues either with co-workers or your PI, please feel free to contact me. All conversations are kept confidential.

I may direct you to other individuals on campus that may be of help, including the Ombudsperson for Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows. A description of what the Ombudsperson does and how he can help is below.

Lisa Kozlowski, PhD
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs & Recruitment

Faculty Ombudsperson

Thomas Jefferson University has established the position of Faculty Ombudsperson to assist Faculty with the satisfactory resolution of problems and conflicts arising in the workplace. The Faculty Ombudsperson serves as an independent, neutral resource. The Faculty Ombudsperson will maintain confidentiality unless directed by the consulting faculty member to do otherwise.

In assisting faculty the Ombudsperson may:

  • offer direct advice
  • provide information regarding available Jefferson resources
  • mediate a conflict
  • engage in informal fact-finding

For more information about ombudspersons, in general, visit the Ombudsperson Association website:

The Faculty Ombudsperson for Thomas Jefferson University is Stephen Weinstein, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Weinstein may be reached through his office at (215) 955-7910 or through e-mail at