Postdoc Policy Issues
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Awards (NRSA) are used as the benchmark by research institutions across the country for determining the compensation of postdoctoral scholars. The NPA supports consistent, sustainable annual increases in postdoctoral stipends. Read More
The NPA takes a neutral stance on the unionization of postdocs. View our resource to learn more.
Postdocs as a group have unique needs that do not always fit well with standard employee benefit packages. Overall, most postdocs have access to both single and family health insurance, as well as dental insurance with premiums paid, either as employees, or through an institutional allowance or other funding mechanism. However, postdoc access to most other types of benefits is much more limited. There is still room for improvement. Learn more.
Mental health wellness for postdoctoral and graduate trainees is acknowledged by several universities as an important issue that needs to be addressed. Several studies indicate an increase in the incidence of anxiety and depression among college students. Learn more.
When you feel that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, it is sometimes challenging to find the correct person to go to for advice or assistance. We hope that the information provided in this guide will be helpful to you in understanding your options. Learn more.
Did you know: That any support a postdoc receives that is used to cover “living expenses” (as opposed to, say, tuition and fees) is subject to income tax. How that tax is paid typically depends upon the type of funding and the postdoc’s employment classification and citizenship. View our tax resource for postdocs to learn more.
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The NPA is always looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to advocate for postdocs! Please contact us to learn more.