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Academic Organizations
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Academic Organizations


The NPA is here to help you serve your postdoc community; whether you are just getting started or you have an established and organized postdoc office or association. Academic institutions are the heart of where the vast majority of the postdoc population resides in the United States. This page details the resources available to assist your efforts.

The NPA is a critical partner in our efforts to enhance postdoctoral training at our institution. The association enables us to identify and meet the challenges of the future through national advocacy, the dissemination of best practices and benchmarking data, and most importantly, by fostering a supportive and productive community of practice.
Imogen Hurley, Ph.D., director, Office of Postdoctoral Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Postdoc Offices

Postdoctoral offices (PDO) are the institutional administrative homes for postdoctoral training and education. PDO administrators are the liaison between postdocs and their institution for creating and enforcing all postdoc policies. These policies include: appointment processes, assisting postdocs with mediation needs, working to meet the career development needs of postdocs and more.

PDO Toolkit

Postdoc Associations

Postdoc associations (PDA) are recognized groups that provide a unified voice to advocate for improvements with the administration at their institution. PDAs are a vibrant and dynamic source of support for postdoctoral scholars at their home institutions and nationally. They provide important networking and community building outlets for their postdoc community.

PDA Toolkit

PDOs and PDAs are eligible to become Sustaining Members.

Become a Sustaining Member

The NPA believes that appropriate training of the next generation of independent researchers requires that institutions set policies to encourage individual responsibility, foster effective mentoring, and recognize the value and contributions of postdoctoral scholars. The NPA recommends implementation of the following institutional policies and practices for postdoctoral training. For more information please view the Recommended Postdoc Policies & Practices page.
Our "Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report" was written in collaboration with Sigma Xi and published in American Scientist. The report summarizes the results from a 2016 survey of 130 institutions that hire postdocs and hold NPA memberships. NPA members can also view the NPA Institutional Policy Database to view the survey data online and along with aggregate reports. NPA members can also view the NPA Institutional Policy Database which allows you to view the survey data online and view aggregate reports.
Mentoring can have a profound influence of the success of postdoc scholars. This guide provides tools on developing and implementing mentoring plans at your institution. View our Institutional Guide to Postdoc Mentoring and other institutional resources for postdoc mentoring to learn about effective and mentoring.
This toolkit provides general guidelines how to organize a postdoc symposium. Designing interactive symposium sessions will create a collaborative environment where postdocs can share ideas, foster collaboration, and receive critical assessment of their research. View the full Postdoc Symposium Toolkit to get started with planning your event today!
myPDO Monthly is a monthly webinar hosted by the NPA. This series gives administrators and mentors the opportunity to address common concerns and challenges of those who manage postdoctoral offices. Members can view the myPDO Monthly Archives to listen or watch past webinars.
View our year in review and stand-out accomplishments from the past year in the NPA 2019 Annual Report. To view older reports please visit the Resource Library.






Organizational Resource Library

View the complete collection of resources that NPA has developed for organizational members. Resources include historical and current reports, toolkits, and guides that will help you support postdocs in your academic institution.

Orgs Resource Library

Become a Sustaining Member today!

This group membership is available to all organizations that serve the postdoc community. Universities, postdoc associations, postdoc offices are invited to join us as sustaining members.

Sustaining Membership Sustaining Member Toolkit

Have a Job to Post? We have you covered!

Visit our Career Center to post jobs and find qualified candidates.

Career Center


News items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.

Read the Current Issue!