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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.
The struggle for a postdoc, as for any person on a competitive career path in life, is to find balance between personal and professional life. 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.

Advocacy Committee

  • Develop and advocate for implementation of NPA Recommendations for Postdoctoral Policies and Practices, including the Agenda for Change.
  • Advocate for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars, ensuring the needs of underrepresented groups are addressed.
  • Advocate for the interests of international postdocs training in the United States.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with federal agencies and national organizations that have an interest in postdoctoral policies.
  • Monitor policy issues of interest to the postdoctoral community, and respond as appropriate.
  • Seek public opportunities to advocate for postdoctoral policy positions, such as testimony, comments on federal notices, conferences, and other national meetings.
  • Consult with other committees and officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Advocacy Leadership

Sampley Bohn was appointed as co-chair of the NPA Advocacy Committee in 2018. To view her full bio please visit our Leadership page.
Zander was appointed as co-chair of the NPA Advocacy Committee in 2018. To view her full bio please visit our Leadership page.
Smith sits on the NPA Board of Directors and was appointed as the Advocacy Committee liaison for 2020. To read his full bio please visit our Leadership page.

Volunteer Today!

The NPA is always looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to advocate for postdocs! Please contact us to learn more.

Advocacy Volunteer