Since the adoption of the MGH Guidelines for Research Fellows in 2007, the research fellow appointment is limited to a maximum of five years. In some cases, it is beneficial for the research fellow to remain in this training position for an additional year (see Guidelines for Research Fellows for details).

All requests for an extension to the five year term limit are required to submit an Appointment Extension Request.

For any questions about the Appointment Extension Request form, please contact the Center for Faculty Development's Post Doctoral Division at

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