Basic Benefits

Information about Johns Hopkins Policies and Basic Benefits for Research Fellows:

  • Salary
  • Vacation
  • Sick/Maternity Leave
  • Retirement Savings
  • Parking and Travel
  • Gym Membership Options
  • Business Cards


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.


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 plus Sick leave cannot 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.

Hopkins Work-Life Program has a few resources for childcare, found here:

Retirement Plan 403(b)

The Johns Hopkins University has a voluntary retirement plan for postdoctoral fellows. This plan allows you to voluntarily tax shelter a portion of your taxable income received as compensation (i.e. salary/wages). That portion of income received from a grant in the form of fellowships (stipends) is excluded from 403(b) eligibility. Any contribution you make is unmatched by the University. The minimum voluntary contribution is $7.50 per pay and may not exceed $18,000 of your taxable compensation. Detailed information and the portal to the enrollment site is available online at For more information, contact the Benefits Service Center at 410-516-2000 or email

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 Street Lot. In order to 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.
Homewood gym (Ralph O'Connor Recreation Center) for $15/month
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.

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.