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One of the main issues driving the formation of the NPA was the need for national policy changes to address structural and systemic issues affecting postdocs. The need for policy changes at the national level is also a paramount concern. The NPA is working closely with many of the major national agencies and institutes that influence postdoctoral policy, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

To address these issues effectively, the NPA has compiled and developed a variety of policy resources.







In this Section

  • What is a Postdoc?
    An overview of the postdoctoral position, official definitions of the postdoc, and the status of postdocs.

  • NPA Agenda for Change
    Key policy recommendations for each of the primary stakeholders in the postdoctoral community: institutions, funding agencies/organizations, government, graduate schools and professional societies.

  • This document, created by FASEB and edited by NPA members, provides postdocs with a how-to guide on advocating for issues affecting science and the postdoc experience.

  • Briefing Room - Postdoc Issues
    Information on a variety of current policy issues for the postdoctoral community.

  • Postdoc News - in the media
    Current and past articles on postdoc issues in the news.

  • NPA's Recommended Institutional Policies
    The NPA has developed policy recommendations to institutions to foster their key role in the support of postdocs.

  • NPA Institutional Policy Database
    A database jointly sponsored by the NPA and Sigma Xi, the Institutional Policy Database is a source of current data on institutional policies and practices relating to postdocs.

  • Data on Postdocs
    A priority area for the NPA is fostering the collection of reliable data on postdocs.

  • NPA Policy Education Efforts and Actions
    Advocacy that the NPA and its members and friends have undertaken in support of improving the postdoctoral experience.


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