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The NPA offers a number of programs to support the postdoctoral community. Some of these programs provide on-site services to our members at their home institution. Contact the NPA staff for more information on any of these programs.

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  • NPA Team Visit Program
    On-site visits by a team of NPA-approved experts to local institutions that provide intensive advice in addressing complex structural and systemic issues for postdocs.

    The NSF-sponsored NPA ADVANCE project, From Postdoc to Faculty: Transition Issues for Women Scientists, fosters the transition of women postdocs into the professoriate.

  • International Legal Seminars
    Seminars on legal issues for international scholars in the United States, co-sponsored by Leavy, Frank & Delaney, LLC, specialists in immigration law, and the NPA. Contact us to schedule a seminar at your institution.

    • The legal seminar for international postdocs brings immigration law experts to your institution to provide a seminar on topics relevant to international postdocs in the United States. Co-sponsored by the NPA and Leavy, Frank & Delaney, LLC, specialists in immigration law, the seminars typically cover the following topics:
      • Recent developments in immigration law & regulations
      • Your legal rights as temporary residents
      • J-1 versus H1-B and the two-year home residence requirement
      • Other temporary visa options
      • Permanent residence: self-sponsored & institutional sponsorship
    • Following any of these seminars, participants may schedule a free, private legal consultation with attorneys from Leavy, Frank & Delaney. Don't forget -- NPA members also receive a discount on legal services with the firm!
  • Entrepreneurship for Postdocs
    Information on entrepreneurship for postdocs. Listing of two past award programs that recognized emerging and outstanding postdocs with demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship.

  • Past NPA Programs
    Interested in learning about some of our previous programs?
    • Bring RCR Home Project
      Supported by the Federal Office of Research Integrity, Bring RCR Home fostered the establishment of responsible conduct of research (RCR) programs for postdocs at their "home" institutions.

    • The Postdoc Leadership Mentoring Project
      This project, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, provided support and structured mentoring for leaders of new or revitalized postdoc offices and associations. During the year-long project, these leaders were paired with experienced leaders with the goal of providing one-on-one mentorship. Participants met their mentor/mentee for the first time at the 2007 NPA Annual Meeting in Berkeley, CA, where their attendance was supported by a travel grant award sponsored by the NPA, the Sloan Foundation (U.S.), and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Canada). In addition, the project convened monthly group teleconferences for problem solving and best practice sharing as well as on-site NPA team visits to project participants.

      Minutes and notes for project participants are archived here.

      Although the project has ended, supporting the establishment and maintenance of postdoc offices and associations continues to be one of the NPA's top priorities. Contact NPA staff for on-going technical assistance and consultation on these critical sources of postdoctoral support.

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