The NPA has developed a number of publications and resources to meet the needs of the various constituencies in the postdoc community.
In this Section
Postdoc Office (PDO) Toolkit and Postdoc Association (PDA) Toolkit
Online toolkits with guidelines for establishing and maintaining an effective postdoc association and postdoc office. You be an NPA member and log in to access these resources.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for Postdocs
Information and resources on establishing responsible conduct of research (RCR) programming for postdocs, including the NPA's RCR Toolkit and training program examples.
NPA Core Competencies
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has established six core competencies to offer guidance to individual postdoctoral scholars who must seek out relevant training experiences, in collaboration with mentors, institutions, and other advisors who provide this training.
Recommended Postdoctoral Policies and Practices
An excellent resource for institutional leaders, postdoc office administrators, principal investigators and postdoc association leaders, these recommendations reflect the best current thinking on those policies and practices that every institution should consider for enhancing the postdoctoral training experience.
Institutional Policy Database
Data on postdoctoral policies at more than 100 research institutions is available in this searchable database. Policy categories include: the appointment process, term limits, postdoc classification systems, grievance procedures, minimum stipends/salary, benefits, leave policies, exit and other surveys, along with hyperlinks to postdoc offices, associations and relevant documents.
POSTDOCket, the NPA Newsletter
An archive of the NPA quarterly newsletter.
NPA Position Statements & White Papers
A listing of position statements and white papers developed by the NPA.
Mentoring Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars
Resources for developing a mentoring plan for postdocs, including guidance on how to draft a mentoring plan with a suggested list of effective mentoring activities, a summary of NSF's mentoring requirements and an annotated resource guide.
Family-Friendly Resources for Postdocs
Information and resources for postdocs on managing their family lives while furthering their research careers, including "A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave," a guide for women who are pregnant or planning for pregnancy during their postdoc, and From Ph.D. to Professoriate: The Role of Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women.
International Postdoc Survival Guide
The survival guide is intended to help international postdocs navigate life and work in the United States. It includes information on how the postdoctoral training experience in the United States differs from other countries, tips on how to cope with personal and professional challenges as an international postdoc, guidance on the various types of visas, questions to ask prospective mentors and institutions before accepting a position in the United States, illuminating personal stories by international postdocs from various countries, and a comprehensive database of web resources for postdocs from outside the United States.
Other NPA Publications
Listing of other NPA publications.