Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a research fellow.

A Research Fellow develops the strategy and vision to position a project from inception through completion creating teams and collaborations that understand the project's direction.

The primary duties of this position include communicating directions through words or actions to inspire the team members to reach the set goals, planning and budgeting for the proposed project, leading and directing the work of the rest of the team members, acting as the principal investigator or co-investigator on research project, conducting individual or collaborative research projects, developing research objectives, plans and proposals, assessing, interpreting and evaluating the outcomes of research, resolving problems of meeting research targets and deadlines, developing ideas for application of research results.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Pick up new duties as a way of learning and improving oneself

Improve on time management to be able to complete the assigned work on time.

[employee comments goal]

Accept and provide constructive feedback to other people and to take corrections easily.

Show enough willingness, determination, and initiative, always to find solutions to any problem.

[employee comments goal]

Understand the purpose of a team goes beyond personal goals

Remain committed to the company's regulations without any compromise or prejudice

[employee comments goal]

Choose to do your very best in the tasks given daily without fail

Respect every opinion while taking only that which is needful

[employee comments goal]

Develop a hunger for personal growth even as the business excels

Learn to spend your time and resources well to ensure minimum wastage

[employee comments goal]

Learn new tricks and techniques that help build up confidence when dealing with different people

Show willingness to work extra hours in order to cover a colleague's responsibilities whenever there is need

[employee comments goal]

Learn to communicate and ask questions in order to avoid unnecessary conflicts, and waste less one's and other employees' time

Be smart about the three fundamentals of releasing stress; enough sleep, exercising few times a week and eating healthy

[employee comments goal]

See the big picture on personal and company goals in order to work hard to achieve success

Give priority to achieving results for the department or company but make sure that it does not conflict with own goals or agenda

[employee comments goal]

Show more willingness to discourage harassment, bullying, and abrasive behavior

Always assess whether the current procedures, practices, and policies are diverse and make changes where necessary

[employee comments goal]

Apply the best practices and standards when scheduling projects and other activities

Maintain an updated list of activities and track all project schedules

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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