Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report 

Supporting the Needs of PostdocsSupporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report  seeks to improve the experience for postdocs—individuals who have doctoral degrees and are working in temporary positions while they learn the skills they will need to pursue their career goals.

The report was produced by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in collaboration with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. It summarized the results from a 2016 survey of 130 institutions that hire postdocs and hold NPA membership. 

Key recommendations are that institutions that hire postdocs should:

  • increase the staff and budget for their offices that handle postdoc affairs

  • provide higher compensation and equality in benefits

  • increase parental leave policies and family-friendly benefits

  • implement more tracking of postdocs after they leave an institution

Read the report here

The report also received support from The Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Elsevier. It is an update to a 2014 report and builds on data from a 2005 report by Sigma Xi, the NPA, and others.

It was published as a supplement in the January–February 2018 edition of Sigma Xi's magazine, American Scientist