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Postdoc Policies & Benefits

As defined by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), “a postdoctoral scholar (“postdoc”) is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.”

Postdocs constitute an important workforce that fuels research programs of any top-level research institution. Although postdocs are engaged in temporary training, they will become the voice of our institution as they move on with their careers. Therefore, UIC is dedicated to enhancing the postdoc experience in order to build a strong postdoc community, cultivate excellence in training, and promote career growth.

For a comprehensive guide outlining policies and benefits for UIC postdocs, please see the UIC Postdoc Handbook.

For any questions related to benefits or leave, contact your departmental HR representative. You can also reach out to University Payroll & Benefits (UPB):