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The National Postdoc's Statement of Inclusion

The NPA aims to advance the United States’ research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants. A diverse postdoctoral community has positive effects on research and teaching and enhances the work environment by offering broadened perspectives and encouraging critical thinking. It is therefore a goal of the NPA to create an environment that promotes diversity and inclusiveness, and to create opportunities for all of its members to interact with tolerance, understanding, and respect for others.

The NPA is committed to achieving diversity and inclusiveness among its constituency, and advocates equality for all postdocs, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, country of origin, socio-economic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, in all disciplines at all organizations that train postdoctoral fellows. This commitment to diversity and inclusiveness extends to the practices and policies of the NPA, and the NPA strongly urges institutions to embrace this commitment as part of their individual missions.

The NPA strives to ensure that all members have open access and opportunities to contribute to the organization through leadership positions, involvement within the committee structure, and participation in annual meetings and other NPA sponsored events. The NPA promotes advocacy for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars and fosters diversity through activities, policies, and practices that are attuned to this commitment.

International Resources

Are you dreaming of finding the perfect postdoctoral position in the United States but feel that you could benefit from guidance from international postdocs already in the United States? Do you have visa-related questions? Perhaps you are already in the United States, and are now having problems obtaining a credit card? The International Postdoc Survival Guide is a comprehensive guide to enhance the experience of doing a postdoc in the United States for international postdocs. View the full International Postdoc Survival Guide to learn more.
An overview of the visa process and common issues for international postdocs in the United States. The public version or full members-only version of the Quick Guide to Visas to learn more.
The NPA has issued a white paper on immigration reform, "International Postdoctoral Researchers and Their Importance to the Advancement of U.S. Science, Technology and National Security," calling on U.S. policy makers and agency leaders to consider changes to laws and regulations governing international postdocs.

The Department of Homeland Security website has official information for international scholars who seek to enter the United States.

Find information about the Exchange Visitor Program on the Department of State website.

A directory of funding opportunities open to international scholars. Although care has been taken in preparing the list, please refer to each fellowship website for detailed eligibility requirements. View the complete list.
Federal regulations require the development of a formal training plan that identifies both the learning objectives and a plan for achieving those objectives. The intent of the training plan is to better ensure the academic benefit and integrity of the STEM OPT extension, and the plan is to be developed by the trainee and the trainee’s mentor. View the full Recommendations for Training Plans to learn more.
Learn about the basics of taxes in the United States in the International Postdoc Survival Guide. The NPA is currently working on creating more detailed information for international postdocs, stay tuned for new resources soon!

Mentoring International Postdocs: Working to Advance Science & Careers is an online module available from the federal Office of Research Integrity, developed by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, an NPA member institution.

International Graduate Students: Conflicts between Security and Science in the Issuing of Visas is a slide presentation by John V. Richardson Jr., Ph.D., Associate Dean, UCLA Graduate Division.

EURAXESS Links is a networking tool for European researchers in the United States.

International Officers

The NPA is committed to addressing the issues and special needs of the international postdoc community. To assist in this effort, the NPA created the position of International Officer. The International Officer is the primary resource and expert advisor for the NPA Board of Directors, the staff, and committees. If you have interest in immigration policy, tax law, visa issues, or other matters affecting international postdocs, please contact the International Officers.

The specific responsibilities of the NPA International Officer include the following:

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of NPA resources for international postdocs.
  • 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 international postdoctoral policies.
  • Monitor external policies and developments on international issues of concern to the postdoctoral community.
  • Address public inquiries about the NPA's policies and recommended practices for international postdocs.

International Leadership

Krishnamurthy was appointed as a NPA International Officer in 2018. To view her full bio please visit our Leadership page.
Vasco-Correa was appointed as a NPA International Officer in 2018. To view her full bio please visit our Leadership page.
Martin sits on the NPA Board of Directors and was appointed as the Outreach liaison for 2019. To read her full bio please visit our Leadership page.

Volunteer Today!

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

International Volunteer