Basic Benefits

This page has been created to provide you with information regarding policies on salary, vacation, sick leave etc for fellows. At the bottom, we have included a series of pdfs from the Registrar's Office that you can download, however, we also recommend that you explore the Registrar's website for the most accurate information. 


All School of Medicine postdocs should be paid at least the NIH (National Institutes of Health) NRSA (National Research Service Award) minimum salary adjusted for years of postdoctoral experience. The NIH rate changes from time to time and JHPDA will update you when this happens. JHMI policy regarding your wage and current rates are found on the Registrar's website

Go to Vacation Policies and Salary for Postdoctoral Fellows to download the pdf (*updated to 2013-2014).


Postdocs get 2-4 weeks off per year (at the discretion of the training program director).

Public holidays throughout the year: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Sick/Maternity Leave

Postdocs are given 8 weeks Maternity leave in any rolling 12 month period with full salary and benefits for the duration of leave. This can be extended for up to 12 weeks under Family and Medical Leave; however, those additional 4 weeks are not necessarily paid. Maternity + Sick leave can not exceed 12 weeks in any year.

If more leave is necessary, postdocs have disability insurance. On a personal level, you should talk with your PI and work something out; some advisors / research are more flexible than others, especially when it comes to working from home vs. being physically in the lab.

For adoption leave, new parents are given 1 week following the adoption of the child, and the primary caregiver an addition 5 weeks of paid adoption leave (for a total of 6 weeks).

For detailed information use the "Maternity/Paternity/Adoption leave for fellows" form.

Retirement Savings

Postdocs are encouraged to make pretax contributions to a 403b savings plan

Only postdocs paid a wage are eligible to contribute to the 403b retirement plans. Those paid by stipend are not eligible under current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations.

To enroll visit the registrar in room 147, Broadway Research Building (BRB).
There is no University salary matching for retirement contributions.
Hopkins offers financial/retirement/savings seminars from time to time.

Parking and Travel

If you have a JHMI ID badge, then you can park for FREE in any of the parking garages on campus between 4:00pm and 8:30am the next day. First, you'll need to call the JHMI Parking Office to register your badge in the system, and then you can park on campus for those overnight experiments.

Postdoctoral Fellows can park in on-campus lots for the regular rate of $120/month.

Alternatively: Fellows receive free parking in two off-campus lots: Jones Falls Expressway Lot OR Monument St. Lot
In order sign-up and receive access to these lots, please visit the business office located in the Miller Research Building (MRB), Room 131.

JHMI Shuttle Service offers routes to and from these campus lots as well as other residential areas in Baltimore. The most frequently serviced stops are on the Homewood route.The Blue Jay service is provided by JHU at Homewood to enable you get about safely in close range of Homewood campus.

Special Note: For $20, postdoctoral fellows may purchase a discounted MTA monthly pass, which provides unlimited travel on the Baltimore light rail, metro, and buses. At the start of each month, you can pick up your pass in the business office (Miller Research Building (MRB), Rm 131). 

Gym Membership Options

Cooley Center and School of Public Health facility (on-campus) for a reduced monthly membership fee of $29/month. Spouses and dependent children (aged 14-21) are eligible for membership at the same rate as the postdoc.

Y of Central Maryland offers no contract, no joining fee and $44/month for access to all metro Y facilities. Discounts also may apply to family memberships.

For more information visit the Baltimore section of our website.

Business Cards

Through the Homewood PDA, members can obtain 200 business cards for $25 + tax. Cards will be delivered to and distributed by the HW-PDA. They have ongoing deadlines, so see the Business Card Website for more details.

Benefits Q & A
If you missed our last benefits seminar but are interested in the presentation you can access the SLIDES and TRANSCRIPT OF QUESTIONS here.