|What We Do|
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable change and improvement for the postdoctoral experience through collaboration with all stakeholders. The NPA's key program activities are focused in three key areas:
Advocacy and Education
We advocate for policies that promote positive change in the postdoctoral experience. We are recognized as the "key driver" in postdoctoral policies. We advocate for policy change within the research institutions that host postdoctoral scholars. Since our founding, more than 150 institutions have adopted portions of the NPA's Recommendations for Postdoctoral Policies and Practices. We continue to work with the leadership of federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop new programs and policies for postdoctoral training, compensation, and benefits.
We develop and provide resources that postdocs and administrators need for success. Our resources cover a variety of topics. These resources are available online, with selected resources for members-only.
We provide opportunities for the postdoctoral community to connect. We host an annual meeting for the postdoctoral community to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills. We also maintain online forums to facilitate information exchange, collaboration, and networking.
Highlights of the NPA's Recent Accomplishments
Recent accomplishments/activities by the NPA or in which the NPA has played a significant role are:
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