Postdoctoral Training

What is a postdoctoral fellow?

An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path.

 – NIH/NSF definition approved January 2007
(applies to all postdoctoral scholars whether supported on fellowships or research grants)

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Below is a list of publications that delve deeper into what it means to be a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Fellowship Goals for PhDs and MDs: A Primer on the Molecular Biology Postdoctoral Experience (PDF)
Article posted with permission from Landes Bioscience.

Compact Between Postdoctoral Scholars and Mentors (PDF)
AAMC GREAT (Graduate Research Education and Training) Group

Doctors Without Orders (PDF)
First comprehensive survey of postdoctoral fellows in the US completed by Sigma Xi

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisors, Institutions, Funding Organizations and Disciplinary Societies
National Academy of Sciences


Below is a list of useful websites that are helpful for those interested in a postdoctoral fellowship.

National Postdoctoral Association


Current Guidelines for NRSA Stipends

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