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|Family-Friendly Postdoc Resources|
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.
A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave
Developed by the NPA as a part of NPA ADVANCE (see below), this guide is for women who are pregnant or planning for pregnancy during their postdoc appointments.
A Postdoc's Guide to Paternity Leave
Developed by the NPA as part of NPA ADVANCE (see below) this guide is for expectant postdoc fathers. The guide includes tips for where postdocs might look for information on their leave options as well as suggestions for talking with their supervisor about taking leave.
Parents in the Pipeline: Retaining Postdoctoral Researchers with Families
This report is based on a nationwide survey of postdoctoral scholars with children and provides a comprehensive look at the breadth of problems faced by postdoc parents while pursuing careers in academia. The report, prepared by the Center for WorkLife Law based at the University of California Hastings College of Law in association with the NPA, also makes recommendations for implementing institutional policies that would include parental benefits such as maternity leave, sick days, and access to on-campus childcare.
About NPA ADVANCE
NPA ADVANCE: From Postdoc to Faculty: Transition Issues for Women Scientists is a project to foster the transition of women postdocs into the professoriate. Supported by a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, the project will adapt and disseminate promising institutional practices for assisting women scientists and engineers in making this transition. The NPA will draw on successful models from both past ADVANCE programs as well as from the postdoctoral community, then adapt and promote them through various avenues. Please view the NPA ADVANCE Summary for more complete project details.