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International Postdoc Survival Guide

Are you dreaming of finding the perfect postdoctoral position in the United States but feel that you could benefit from guidance from international postdocs already in the United States? Do you have visa-related questions? Perhaps you are already in the United States, 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 United States 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.
  • Recommendations for Completing the Training Plan for STEM OPT Students, Form I-983
    Federal regulations require the development of a formal training plan that identifies both the learning objectives and a plan for achieving those objectives. The intent of the training plan is to better ensure the academic benefit and integrity of the STEM OPT extension, and the plan is to be developed by the trainee and the trainee’s mentor.
  • A Quick Guide to Visas
    An overview of the visa process and common issues for international postdocs in the United States.
  • 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 International Fellowships & Grants list is a directory of  funding opportunities open to international scholars. Although care has been taken in preparing the list, please refer to the fellowship website for detailed eligibility requirements.
  • Beginner's Guide to Income Taxation for International Postdocs
  • International postdocs flier (developed by the Resource Development Committee)

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.

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


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



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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