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The NPA is a nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable change and improvement for the postdoctoral experience through collaboration with all stakeholders. The NPA's programmatic focus areas are: advocacy, resource development, and community-building. To find out more, view postdoc-specific materials below.
Academic postdocs are where the NPA membership began and continue to make up the largest group of the postdoc community. The NPA works to support them in a multitude of ways through networking opportunities, career resources, volunteer and leadership positions, and advocacy efforts to name a few.
An industry postdoc position comes with unique challenges and opportunities. The NPA is here to support you within your organization and welcomes you to join the greater national postdoc community. As the NPA builds more resources to help industry postdocs navigate their appointments and early careers, we welcome your input.
Postdocs appointments in government agencies and laboratories are unique career opportunities. The NPA provides resources to help you manage all aspects of your appointment. We welcome your input as the NPA builds and strengthens relationships within the government postdoc community.
All postdocs, regardless of organizational affiliation are invited to become NPA members. Individual membership can be through your organization (Affiliate) or independently. To learn more about individual membership and inquire about affiliate membership please contact the NPA staff.
HIGHLIGHTED RESOURCES FOR POSTDOCS
The goal of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the training necessary for the postdoctoral scholar to achieve intellectual and professional independence and success. This toolkit was developed to provide definition for the scholar and his/her support community as to the competencies essential to achieving this independence. Some of these competencies will have been acquired during graduate training. Thus, some aspects of the competencies will describe refinements of skills already achieved, and some will represent new or advanced skills. View the quick guide here or Learn More.
The NPA has developed a resource to help postdocs and prospective postdocs plan and achieve early career success with our Career Resources for Postdocs. These resources will help you navigate your entire time as a postdoc and guide you through the different components of career exploration and job searching. With an eye on balanced research, professional and career development, this guide will help you along every step on the way!
As a postdoc, it goes without saying that mentors are critical for your continued development as a professional, as well as your movement into a position beyond training. But there is no such thing as the perfect mentor because everyone’s needs and goals are highly variable. In fact, that is the first step in thinking about finding mentors – reflecting to specifically identify and assess what you hope to gain from your mentor(s); you can’t go looking for something without a clear idea of your own needs and goals! Taking self-assessment tests and creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP), and then reviewing the results with current mentors and peers is a great first step. With a deeper understanding of yourself, you will be much better positioned to seek new mentoring relationships and resolve mentoring relationship challenges. View the Postdoc's Guide to Mentorship and other mentoring resources to learn more.
Making up over half of the postdoc population in the United States, international postdocs benefit from additional resources to meet their unique needs.This guide summarizes the main concerns of international postdocs. View the full International Postdoc Survival Guide to learn more.
Over the past several decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of doctorates awarded to women, particularly in STEM. However, women continue to be underrepresented in tenured faculty roles, senior academic management positions, and senior positions in the broader workforce. It’s important to understand the obstacles that impede the career transitions of postdoc women and how to alleviate those obstacles institutionally and through individual career development. To learn more visit the Resources for Postdoc Women page.
Caring for a family during your postdoctoral career can be a challenge - especially when you are new to an area and an institution. Often the best avenue for getting the information and support you need to thrive is to talk with with institutional postdoctoral fellows office and talk with other postdocs. This helps you find out what is possible and available at your current institution as programming and supports differ quite widely from one institution to another. The guides below also offer valuable information for postdoctoral fellows at all institutions. To learn more visit our Family-Friendly Postdoc Resources page.
Check out a listing of diversity postdoctoral fellowships & opportunities, and other diversity fellowships compiled by NPA as a resource for underrepresented postdoc groups. Pivot (need institutional license for access) and Funding Institutional (may need institutional license for access) are is also a good resources for searching funding opportunities.
Do you ever wonder how your institution stacks up to others across the country? Check out the "Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report" written by the NPA 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 which allows you to view the survey data online and view aggregate reports.
STARTING A POSTDOC ASSOCIATION
Postdoc associations (PDAs) are one way that postdocs organize and unite within their communities and organizations. Many times, this is a postdoc led effort which can create powerful change benefiting postdocs within organizations. The NPA provides members with a step-by-step toolkit to starting and maintaining PDAs.
Postdoc Resource Library
View the complete collection of resources that NPA has developed for affiliate and individual postdoc members. Resources include historical and current reports, toolkits, and guides that will help you through all stages of your postdoc and beyond.
News items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.