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International Postdoc Survival Guide

Are you dreaming of finding the perfect postdoctoral position in the United States of America but feel that you could benefit from guidance from international postdocs already in the USA?  Do you have visa-related questions?  Perhaps you are already in the USA and are now having problems obtaining a credit card?  The International Postdoc Survival Guide is a comprehensive  guide to enhance the experience of doing a postdoc in the USA for international postdocs.  It includes our visa guide, information on what it is critical to know before accepting a postdoctoral position, and much more!  Click HERE to check it out.

Other NPA Publications & Resources

The NPA continues to develop resources to support international postdocs working in the United States.
  • A Quick Guide to Visas
    An overview of the visa process and common issues for international postdocs in the U.S.
  • White Paper on Visa Reform
    The NPA has issued a White Paper on immigration reform, "International Postdoctoral Researchers and Their Importance to the Advancement of U.S. Science, Technology and National Security," calling on U.S. policy makers and agency leaders to consider changes to laws and regulations governing international postdocs.
  • Legal Seminar for International Postdocs
    NPA Sustaining Members are eligible to host a Legal Seminar for International Postdocs at no charge other than providing the space (and refreshments if you like).
  • International Fellowships & Grants
    The fellowships or awards listed here in the International Fellowships & Grants as of Dec. 2010 document have been put together by members of the International Postdoctoral Fellows Grants/Fellowships project. The goal of the list is to inform international postdocs interested in applying for funding about the available opportunities. The list mainly focuses on postdoctoral fellows in the early part of their training. Although care has been taken in preparing the list, please check the fellowship website for updates or changes to deadlines, requirements or conditions for eligibility. Fellowships with an asterisk (*) are for postdoctoral fellows of a specific nationality.
  • Click here to read "Beginner's Guide to Income Guide to Income Taxation for International Postdocs."

Other Recommended Resources

Mentoring International Postdocs: Working to Advance Science & Careers
An online module available from the federal Office of Research Integrity, developed by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, an NPA member institution.

banner_150_56EURAXESS Links is a networking tool for European researchers in the USA. Follow this link for more information on European researchers in the United States.

International Graduate Students: Conflicts between Security and Science in the Issuing of Visas
A slide presentation by John V. Richardson Jr., Ph.D., Associate Dean, UCLA Graduate Division 

Links to U.S. Government Sites

Follow this link to the Department of Homeland Security website.

Find information about the Exchange Visitor Program on the Department of State website.

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