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Institutional Policy Database

The NPA Institutional Policy Database is a source for current postdoc policies and practices at U.S. research institutions. Institutional sustaining members of the NPA can take the Institutional Policy Survey and maintain their own information to keep the data as up to date as possible.

To visit the NPA Institutional Policy Database and view the basic aggregate reports go to: Log in with your NPA username and password. You need to be a member of the NPA to view the data. If you are not a NPA member and would like to join click here. If you have questions regarding your NPA log in email

Custom reports of data for institutions to compare themselves with their peer institutions are available.

If you any questions or suggestions please email Kryste Ferguson at

Institutional Policy Report (2014)

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to announce the release of the National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report 2014: Supporting and Developing Postdoctoral Scholars.  


We believe that this data is critical for postdoc offices to assess the needs of the postdoctoral community in the areas of postdoc stipend levels, insurance benefits, appointment policies, collection of outcomes data, access to training programs, and retirement benefits. Our postdoc offices have grown considerably from less than 25 postdoc offices when the NPA began in 2003 to 167 Institutional Members in 2013. 

In the Institutional Policy Report, we have national data on postdoctoral office structure in particular their reporting structure, who funds the office, their operating budgets, as well as training and benefits information. We intend to gather data longitudinally and will ask you to update your survey responses on an annual basis. This will allow us to use the 2014 data as a baseline for future comparisons. 

We thank our Institutional Members for their membership in the NPA, and their contribution to the Institutional Policy Report. Your involvement in this project has enabled this important document to come to fruition. We are indebted to you for taking the time to fill out the Institutional Policy Survey.

Our vision is that this data will inform policy makers, institutions, and postdoc offices about the significant needs of our postdoctoral scholars. We believe the data on the stipend levels, insurance benefits, appointment policies, collection of outcomes data, and more will enable postdoc offices to advocate for better programs and services, and identify best practices.

NPA members can download an electronic copy of the Institutional Policy Report below. You must be logged in to view the file.

Institutional Policy Survey & Report

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