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Postdoctoral Affairs Grants and Fellowships

Drexel University Fellowships Office

The Drexel Fellowships Office encourages students to apply for nationally-competitive awards and works directly and intensively with those who are applying for our Core awards, especially those that require nomination or campus interview.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships Available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For over 20 years, the ASM/CDC Fellowship program has produced top tier infectious disease microbiologists who are dedicated to addressing public health issues, including former fellow Joseph Forbi, who joined the CDC in 2008 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Epidemiology & Bioinformatics Lab, Division of Viral Hepatitis.

"As a fellow," says Dr. Forbi, "I had abundant opportunities to apply complex and modern techniques for practical applications to resolve some puzzles surrounding the global evolutionary dynamics of HAV, HBV and HCV. As research on hepatitis is rapidly expanding, I believe that the fellowship has equipped me for the role as a subject matter expert and all its challenges.” Additional details about Dr. Forbi and other past fellows can be found in the report created by the CDC highlighting the ASM/CDC Fellowship Program [PDF].

2016-2018 ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program:

  • Up to ten fellowship positions will be awarded for full-time research in infectious diseases that cause significant public health problems
  • Fellows will perform research in residence at one of the CDC locations in Atlanta, Georgia; Ft. Collins, Colorado; or San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Offers an annual stipend, health benefits and professional development opportunities

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Deadline: January 15


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American Society for Microbiology Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

Postdoctoral students at Drexel University College of Medicine. The Membership Board of the ASM is pleased to announce that the Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women Committee is accepting nominations for its grant program.

CDGPW grants are awarded to advance the careers of postdoctoral women with outstanding scientific accomplishments and potential for significant research in the area of microbiology by providing funds to travel to a meeting, visit another laboratory, take a course in a geographically distant place, or for other travel to advance the awardee's career.

Up to four awards per year of $1,500 each.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to apply for this program, a woman scientist must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree
  • Have no more than five years of cumulative postdoctoral experience
  • Currently be performing postdoctoral work in microbiology at an institution in the United States
  • Be a member of ASM

Nomination Procedures
For more information on the program and the nomination/application process, go to, or contact Anne Dempsey at ASM Headquarters at

Deadline for Nominations
February 1

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The Edward Jekkal Muscular Dystrophy Association Fellowship

The Edward Jekkal Fellowship is funded through the generosity of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the late Edward Jekkal and the leadership of Leonard S. Jacob, MD, PhD, an MCP alumnus. This award was established to strengthen the training program for Drexel University College of Medicine senior postdoctoral fellows aspiring to faculty positions and junior research faculty members. The training faculty available to the fellow has been drawn from both basic and clinical science departments involved in research consistent with the objectives of the MDA, including muscle and motoneuron disorders, muscle structure and physiology, motor control, injury and paralysis. The fellowship carries an annual award of $55,000, which can be used to cover salary support, fringe benefits and research expenses, with the possibility of a second year of funding.

Submission date: June 1. Application forms and a description of the training faculty may be obtained at

For any questions, contact Kathleen Golden at

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position Available in the Microbiome Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

A postdoctoral fellow position is open in the CHOP Microbiome Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Center is led by Dr. Robert Baldassano, a pediatric gastroenterologist and Professor of Pediatrics, and by Dr. Frederic Bushman, Professor and Chair of Microbiology at PENN. Our lab is part of the rich scientific environment of the PENNCHOP Microbiome Program that includes multiple areas of microbiology, virology, immunology, metabolomics, and epigenetics. CHOP is an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to conducting basic, clinical and translational research with a particular focus on conditions that affect children.

The lab's research focuses on the influence of the human microbiome on diseases of the gut. The candidate should have experience with microbiology, DNA purification, amplification, cloning and sequencing. The applicant should also be familiar with bioinformatic manipulation of sequence data and biostatistics. A minimum of a two year commitment is requested.

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