HEMI Announces Establishment of Named Postdoctoral Fellowships

Jul 5, 2018 | No Comments | By Jessica Ader

We are pleased to announce the establishment of Named HEMI Postdoctoral Fellowships.  There is an increasing recognition at the great research universities that the effective support and mentoring of high-quality postdocs is a critical need in order to develop and attract top faculty to their institutions. Unfortunately, there are very few formal programs of this type available for postdocs. Recognizing this void, the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute worked with the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Development Office to create high-visibility and competitive named fellowships to fill this need and enable HEMI to pursue strategic research areas. These fellowships will be competitively awarded and would bring prestige to the individual, the donor and the university. The fellowship supports the postdoc’s salary, supplies and travel to present their research. This opportunity will be the result of a designated gift to HEMI from an individual donor or company. HEMI and its faculty would match the gift amount in order to attract postdocs of the highest caliber. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Mr. Tim Richardson, WSE Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (timr@jhu.edu or 410.516.5134).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a postdoctoral scholar?

A postdoctoral scholar, commonly known as a postdoc is an individual who has recently earned their doctorate. A postdoc, typically pursuing an academic career will spend two years at a top university advancing their research under the guidance of a distinguished faculty member.

Why is this fellowship important and what does it support?

There is an increasing recognition at the great research universities that the effective support and mentoring of high-quality postdocs is a critical need in order to develop and attract top faculty to their institutions. Unfortunately, there are very few formal programs of this type available for postdocs. High-visibility and competitive named fellowships would help to fill this need, and enable HEMI to pursue strategic research areas. These fellowships would be competitively awarded and would bring prestige to the individual, the donor and the university. The fellowship supports the postdoc’s salary, supplies and travel to present their research.

What does the donor receive?

The fellowship would have the title of: “Donor name or designated name” HEMI Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. The donor would be invited to Johns Hopkins to be recognized, meet the postdoc and key leaders, tour the Institute, be listed on the Institute’s website and kept informed of the postdoc’s accomplishments.

What is the cost for this opportunity?

A donor would contribute $30,000 per year with a commitment of two years. HEMI would match the donor’s $30,000 contribution, plus provide an additional $18,000 per year to facilitate attracting the top postdoc candidates.

What is HEMI?

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) is one of the premier research institutes at Johns Hopkins. The Institute’s vision is develop the science and technology that protect the people, structures and the planet. The Institute designs materials for extreme environments such as bullet impacts, explosions and asteroid cratering. HEMI facilities are state-of-the-art; providing scientists the ability to see these events at the moment of impact. Federal agencies such as the DoD, NASA, NSF and NIH fund HEMI research to solve their most challenging problems. The Institute has a broad impact across the United States with research opportunities for graduate, undergraduate and high school students. Locally, HEMI has programs with Morgan State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art to enrich the greater Baltimore community.

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