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Categories and Benefits

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has defined five types of postdoctoral appointments at Northwestern University. Information about these appointments and their associated benefits and codes are included below. Information on each type of appointment and its associated benefits are included below. Any additional questions can be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Postdoctoral Scholar (Trainee)

Postdoctoral Scholars are individuals with recently granted degrees of PhD or MD, or the equivalent terminal degree, who are primarily involved in continuing postgraduate education or training in conducting research. Postdoctoral scholars are normally paid through the University payroll system and are considered employees of the University.

Benefits

  • Benefits eligible: Based on compensation and FTE
  • Benefit provider: Northwestern
  • Benefits subsidized: Yes

Job code(s)

  • 100006 Monthly

Vacation, personal floating holiday, sick, holiday

  • Yes, based on compensation and FTE

Pay standard

  • Minimum of $47,467

Appointment length

  • One year appointments; exceptions must be approved by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Mental health and wellness benefits

Postdoctoral Fellow-NRSA (Trainee)

NRSA postdoctoral fellows are recipients of National Research Service Award (NRSA) funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - both those receiving fellowships as individuals (F32) and those receiving support from institutional training grants (T32). As provided by the terms of the award, NRSA postdoctoral fellows are considered to be trainees rather than employees of the NIH or of the University.

Please note that a trainee's benefit eligibility and payroll tax deductions will change as a result of being funded by an NRSA fellowship. Please contact Michael McGandy, Human Resources Generalist, for specific questions related to these changes. General questions related to benefit changes can also be directed to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Benefits

  • Benefits eligible: Yes, with outside provider
  • Benefit provider: Garnett Powers, paid by institutional allowance for individual, self pay for additional dependents
  • Benefits subsidized: Yes: $333 from grant with additional from fringe pool. Postdoc coverage only, family and dependents paid by postdoc.

Job code(s)

  • 100091 Primary
  • 102019 Supplemental

Vacation, personal floating holiday, sick, holiday

  • Yes, allowed paid vacation per NRSA guidelines, 60 days maternity or family, 15 days sick

Pay standard

  • Follow NIH Stipends

Appointment length

  • One year appointments; exceptions must be approved by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Mental health and wellness benefits

  • Can use Employee Assistance Plan, benefits through Garnett Powers (Aetna)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Direct Fellowship (Trainee)

Direct Postdoctoral Fellows are individuals with recently granted degrees of PhD or MD, or the equivalent terminal degree, who are primarily involved in continuing postgraduate education or training in conducting research. Direct Postdoctoral Fellows are solely appointed at Northwestern but are paid primarily by an external grant or fellowship, and whose fellowship pay is not directed through the University. Direct Postdoctoral Fellows must still make a minimum salary of at least $47,476. Fellowships that do not pay this minimum may be "topped up" by sponsoring Northwestern PIs via institutional and/or sponsored funds as allowed by the fellowship policies. NSF may only be "topped up" by non-sponsored funds as determined by the NSF. Direct Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible for University staff benefits, but instead are eligible for benefits through Garnett Powers.

Benefit eligibility and provider

  • Benefits eligible: Yes, with outside provider
  • Benefit provider: Garnett Powers, check for institutional allowance to be used for Health Insurance, or self pay
  • Benefits subsidized: Grant dependant

Job code(s)

  • 107021 Primary
  • 107022 Supplemental
  • 105565 Dept of Ed

Vacation, personal floating holiday, sick, holiday

  • Varies by fellowship, please check your fellowship's policies. If leave is not specified in your fellowship's policies, defer to institutional rules for postdoctoral scholars.
  • NSF fellows allowed 30 days paid leave for maternity or family leave and may take short leave over major holidays

Pay standard

  • Follow fellowship stipends. Must make minimum salary of $47,467.
  • Ability to top up using supplemental code from sponsored or non-sponsored

Appointment length

  • One year appointments; exceptions must be approved by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Mental health and wellness benefits

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows are individuals with recently granted degrees of PhD, MD, or the equivalent professional degree. To be considered Visiting, they must hold a postdoctoral appointment at another institution or university. Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows are not employees of the University and are unpaid. They must receive their funding directly from their home institution. Visiting status is only approved upon receipt of documentation of external (to Northwestern) appointment and support.

Benefits

  • Benefits eligible: No
  • Benefit provider: Home institute
    • For domestic, need to have them reach out to their provider to change insurance so it can be used in Illinois (from HMO to PPO for instance) -- counts as a qualifying life change.
    • For international, they can obtain insurance from Risk Management -- (Health, mental health, prescription only, self-pay), alternatively international students could go through GP as well.
  • Benefits subsidized: No

Job code(s)

  • 103073 Primary
  • 106383 Supplemental

Vacation, personal floating holiday, sick, holiday

  • No

Pay standard

  • Paid by home institution
  • Does not need to make minimum, follow Visiting Scholar rules

Appointment length

  • No minimum appointment length requirements

Mental health and wellness benefits

  • Benefits through individual's insurance plan

WCAS Teaching and Research Postdoctoral Fellows (Formerly Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows)

Specialized appointment in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. These are considered teaching postdoctoral fellows and can be indicated by the appointment indicator value of ‘Teaching Post Doc’. Postdoctoral Fellows are individuals with recently granted degrees of PhD or MD, or the equivalent terminal degree, who are primarily involved in continuing post graduate education or training in conducting research. These fellows are normally paid through the University payroll system and have research faculty appointments. They are designated as faculty because they teach, generally three courses per academic year.

Benefit eligibility and provider

  • Benefits eligible: Based on compensation and FTE
  • Benefit provider: Northwestern
  • Benefits subsidized: Yes

Job code(s)

  • 100118

Vacation, personal floating holiday, sick, holiday

  • Appointed as faculty, follow faculty rules

Pay standard

  • Minimum of $47,467

Appointment length

  • Twelve-month appointments with a nine-month pay schedule

Mental health and wellness benefits