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For those of you who are new to the Postdoc Network, we have compiled below an index of background resources. However, we encourage you to look through the Postdoc Network Web site and the Postdoc Network Resources page for additional reliable information on postdoctoral programs and policies.

And remember: You are not alone. Postdoc offices and associations exist at institutions worldwide! See thefor contact information and links to programs, policies, and articles. Feel free to contact us at the Postdoc Network for an introduction: [email protected]

National and International Reports and Policy Statements

Definition of ‘Postdoc’

Postdoc Benefits

Vacation and Leave Policies

Family and Medical Leave Act

Postdoc Surveys

Postdoc Salary and Stipend Information

Career and Professional Development

Minority Scientists Network

Postdoc Network Resources for Women Scientists

Websites for International Postdocs

See the Postdoc Network discussion from June 2002.

National Science Foundation: “Postdoctorates are individuals with science and engineering Ph.D.s, M.D.s, DDSs, DVMs (and equivalent foreign degrees) who devote their primary effort to their own research training through research activities or study [emphasis in original] in the department under temporary appointments carrying no academic rank.”

University of Pennsylvania: “A postdoctoral appointee is a person who has recently earned a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree, and who joins the University of Pennsylvania to perform research full-time under the supervision of a member of the faculty. The position can be held for up to 5 years and is meant to provide additional research and/or scholarly training in preparation for a position in academe, industry, or government.”

FASEB (see AAU definition)

History of Postdocs in the U.S., in Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies (NAS, 2000).

See the Postdoc Network Database of Organizations for links to policies at specific institutions.

Leading Change. A Postdoc Network survey of compensation and benefits policies reveals that postdoc offices and associations are a critical factor in the struggle to improve postdoc working conditions.

Strategies to benefit postdocs. The Postdoc Network reports that institutions are developing innovative methods to provide all postdocs with equal benefits, regardless of funding source.

As part of the National Academies study on the postdoctoral experience, COSEPUP conducted a postdoc office survey that asked about available postdoc benefits.

Check the Postdoc Network Database for links to leave policies at specific institutions.

Thinking about taking a vacation? Need to take time off to care for a child? Here are the NIH Leave Guidelines.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), many employees are entitled to a total of up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the following purposes:

    For text of the FMLA law, regulations, and certifications, see the U.S. Office of Personnel Management FMLA policy webpage.

    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is at the top of almost everyone’s list of difficult employment laws to administer. Personnel Policy Services editors have analyzed the FMLA statute, the DOL regulations, and recent court cases to provide some practical answers to your difficult questions.

    In addition, the American Association of University Professors has published a guidebook on the Family and Medical Leave Act for those who want to understand how the FMLA applies to the academic workplace.

    See the Postdoc Network collection of surveys by, for, and of postdocs.

    See the Postdoc Network Database of Organizations for links to compensation policies at specific institutions.

    The NIH has announced the NRSA stipend levels for 2002! A beginning (level 0) postdoc’s stipend is up from $28,260 to $31,092. The 2002 stipend information, along with all of the details and other budgetary changes, can be found online at

    The schedule for NRSA stipends can be found at

    The Career Development Center for Postdocs and Junior Faculty: A free resource for academic researchers from Science?s Next Wave.

    GrantsNet: A free, searchable database of biomedical funding resources.

    ‘s Next Wave: The place to go for information on the wide range of career options for scientists.

    A Web-based community promoting and disseminating information about careers and education for minorities in science, math, and engineering.

    A selection of Postdoc Network and Next Wave articles on the career progression of women in the sciences. See the Postdoc Network Resources page for additional links.

    Also see the Postdoc Network Database for links to international programs at specific institutions.

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