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Listed below are postdoc advocacy documents and resources that pertain directly to postdoc administrators or that can be shared with postdocs in the community. For an overview of the NPA's advocacy efforts, please view the Advocacy page.
Recommendations from the NPA for all stakeholders in the U.S. research enterprise to enhance the postdoc research community. Coming Soon!
Advocating for postdocs at your organization and the larger postdoc community is important for improving the postdoc experience. This guide gives tools and strategies for this area. Coming soon!
Visit Advocacy Actions for an archive of NPA statements over the years.
Providing career and professional development resources to postdocs is an important responsibility that organizations possess. The NPA has developed tools to help organizations and administrators provide meaningful and relevant information to guide postdocs through their early careers. To view more resources for postdocs visit the Career Resources for Postdocs page.
Mentoring can have a profound influence on the relative satisfaction and success of postdoctoral scholars. Mentoring plans are tools to help optimize the mentoring experience by providing a roadmap for both the mentor and the postdoc of the activities that will be undertaken to further the postdoc's professional and career development. This includes support for the enrichment of a postdoc's research knowledge, skills, and productivity as well as assistance in furthering the postdoc's career prospects. Today postdocs need to consider all of their career options (academia, industry, nonprofit, governmental), and so effective mentoring becomes even more essential to their success.View the full Institutional Postdoc Mentorship resource to learn more.
Connecting talent with opportunity. The NPA Career Center provides a specialized place where employers can post jobs either for postdocs or early career researchers in a multitude of areas and postdocs can upload their resume or CV for free to apply. Looking for highly qualified candidates? Post a job today! Visit the Career Center.
The NPA seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all postdocs in the membership, leadership and activities. Moreover, the NPA is committed to addressing the diversity issues in the postdoc community. For more information view the Diversity page.
The NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit offers guidelines and best practices for institutions to adopt inclusive hiring practices for faculty searches.
The Women, minorities and persons with disabilities in science and engineering is a cumulative report published by the NSF every two years that analyzes education and employment outcomes of marginalized populations in science and engineering.
Many institutions understand the benefits of diversity and would like to enhance diversity among its students, faculty and staff, including postdocs. The long-term goal is to increase the diversity of STEM faculty. In order to move qualified individuals through the pipeline these primary components are essential 1) recruitment 2) retention and 3) preparation for the next phase. Read 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.
Listed below are international postdoc resources that pertain directly to postdoc administrators or that can be shared with postdocs in the community. Please note that most international resources are listed on the International page or the Postdocs Resource Library.
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.
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.
A compendium of NPA written publications of various aspects of the postdoc training period.
The NPA newsletter covering news items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.
A yearly review of NPA accomplishments, donors, and finances.
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. Learn More.
The NPA believes that appropriate training of the next generation of independent researchers requires that institutions set policies to encourage individual responsibility, foster effective mentoring, and recognize the value and contributions of postdoctoral scholars. The NPA recommends implementation of the following institutional policies and practices for postdoctoral training. For more information please view the Recommended Postdoc Policies & Practices page.
Our "Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report" was written 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 to view the survey data online and along with aggregate reports. NPA members can also view the NPA Institutional Policy Database and past reports.
Resources to help develop important functions of postdoc affairs at your organization.
At the heart of every strong set of institutional postdoc policies and programs sits a vital and vibrant postdoc office. This toolkit explains the fundamentals of building such an office and provides examples of how to reach your goals. View the full PDO Toolkit to learn more.
Postdoctoral associations (PDAs) are a vibrant and dynamic source of support for postdoctoral fellows at their home institutions and nationally. There are many benefits to establishing and maintaining an active PDA. This toolkit is intended to serve as a resource guide to assist postdocs and their allies in starting and sustaining an effective PDA. In this toolkit, you’ll find a wealth of information, including best practices shared from PDAs nationwide, suggestions on how to gain support from key institute administrators, strategies for conducting surveys and methods for affecting institutional policies. Links are provided throughout the toolkit to helpful resources. The NPA welcomes additions to this toolkit from local PDAs to share their success and help others. View the full PDA Toolkit to learn more.
This toolkit provides general guidelines how to organize a postdoc symposium. Designing interactive symposium sessions will create a collaborative environment where postdocs can share ideas, foster collaboration, and receive critical assessment of their research. View the full Postdoc Symposium Toolkit to get started with planning your event today!
The NPA serves approximately 210 Sustaining Members and more than 14,000 individual members, making advertising with the NPA a unique opportunity to reach a targeted market of institutions and postdocs to promote resources and services geared toward that population.