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Samuel Jordon Graham Post-Doctoral Fellow Award

Through an endowment to Johns Hopkins University established in 1960 in memory of Judge Samuel Jordon Graham, this fund is intended to support fundamental research conducted jointly in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine. From 2022, this fund will support a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) working on foundational or translational research integrating perspectives from both medicine and public health.

The Schools of Public Health and Medicine at Johns Hopkins represent global leaders in biomedical and public health research with faculty expertise spanning a broad range of disciplines. Tackling complex health and disease problems requires integrating deep fundamental understanding with innovative problem-solving approaches. Interdisciplinary team science approaches hold promise to accelerate the translation of innovative foundational science towards real-world clinical or public health applications. The premise in support of this award is that co-mentoring of early-stage investigators in research projects with integration of public health and medical perspectives will expand the candidates’ training experience and increase the likelihood of a career trajectory with translational impact. Further, mentoring is bidirectional, and faculty experts engaged in mentoring trainees whose work incorporates complementary perspectives may additionally expand the faculty’s research activity.

Key Features:

  • The PDF will be required to have a primary fellowship appointment in one of the 10 departments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH).
  • Co-mentorship of the PDF by a faculty member from BSPH and the School of Medicine is required.
  • Provides up to $65,000 which can be used at awardees discretion for salary, health care fees, or research-related expenses. Awardees will have up to two years to spend the funds.


  • Highly talented and motivated postdoctoral fellows with interest in foundational or translational research integrating both medical and public health perspectives are encouraged to apply. We encourage applicants from diverse educational and underrepresented backgrounds to apply.
  • Candidates are not required to have a current postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins University but will be required to be eligible for and able to initiate an official PDF position by September 1, 2022.
  • In the context of this application, fundamental research is defined as directed at understanding mechanisms and exploring etiology, employing disciplines including but not limited to the classic basic sciences (e.g., molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology) as well as non-bench sciences with a foundational focus (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral sciences).
  • In the context of this application, the definition of translational research is expanded beyond moving a diagnostic or therapeutic from the lab into the clinic (e.g., from bench to bedside), but also to how the research can be adapted to address broader clinical or public health impact.

How to Apply:

Please complete the application and submit via email to: by 5 p.m. EST on April 25, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty from both Schools. Selected applicants will be informed in May 2022, with an expected start date by September 1, 2022. Application-related questions can be directed to

For the full RFA and instructions, click here: SJG PDF Award Application Instructions


Kelsey Bennett