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About the NPA
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About The National Postdoctoral Association

Our Mission

To improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting a culture of enhanced professional growth. At the individual, organizational, and national levels, we facilitate connections, raise awareness, and collaborate with stakeholders in the postdoctoral community.

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Our Vision

We envision an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors.

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The NPA was established with the goal of fostering necessary improvements to the postdoctoral situation in the United States. There was no organization with the sole aim of achieving improvements in the postdoctoral experience. The NPA sought to crystallize the diffuse postdoc debate and provide a focal point for achieving administrative and policy changes.

The founding board was comprised of postdoctoral representatives from across the country, each a chair or founding member of an institutional postdoctoral association. This board began as a committee that coalesced during Science's NextWave Postdoc Network meeting in April 2002 in Washington D.C. At this meeting, attendees expressed broad support for a national postdoctoral organization that could provide focus and effect positive change. The founding board secured funding, put together the bylaws, set up the committee structure, and did all the tasks required to set up a new organization.

At the heart of the NPA, committees generate ideas, resources, and tools to help the postdoc community.


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Public facing officers address specific issues in the postdoc community and serve as expert advisers.


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Professional Staff
The NPA staff are responsible to day-to-day operations of the organization and strategic implementation of resources to best serve the postdoc community.

Executive Director &
Chief Executive Officer
Manager of Membership
& Special Projects
Project Coordinator
Office & Marketing Manager

Board of Directors
Fiduciaries who serve as the leadership body of the NPA, steering the organization towards a sustainable future and advancing its mission.

Chair and Interim Executive Director
2015 - 2020
Vice Chair
2018 - 2020
2015 - 2020
Oversight Officer
2016 - 2021
Strategic Planning Chair
2017 - 2022
2019 - 2021
2020 - 2022
Development Chair
2018 - 2020
2020 - 2022
NPA Executive Director &
Chief Executive Officer
Ex Officio

NPA Logo

The NPA is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 professional association that advocates on behalf of postdoctoral scholars – individuals holding doctoral degrees who are pursuing a temporary period in which they obtain additional scholarly training and professional development necessary for a wide range of career paths. Established in 2003, the NPA serves individual postdoctoral scholars and the institutions and organizations that support them.

In recognition of the NPA’s 15 years of service to the postdoctoral community, the Board of Directors announced a new organizational logo. Introduced in January 2018, this new logo seeks to highlight the potential of our members, both as scholars on the brink of discovery and leaders engaging the community in critical discussions and advocacy initiatives pertaining to mentorship, inclusiveness, and professional development and recognition.