Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits

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The University’s official definition of a postdoctoral appointment, adapted from the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), is as follows:

The postdoctoral appointment is temporary and conferred upon an individual who recently has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship. The appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and the appointee has the freedom, and is expected, to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

Postdoctoral “Fellow” is the title given to postdoctoral appointees who because of the source of funding (e.g., training grant, foreign government, individual fellowship, etc.) are not considered employees of the University. Their benefits differ from the benefits of Postdoctoral Research Associates in some areas.

Postdoctoral Programs, in the Office of the Vice President for Research, offers a number of resources and services to the postdoctoral community.