Postdoctoral Affairs


Most full-time postdocs at Brown are eligible to participate in the University's medical and dental plans, though the payment structure varies with the type of postdoctoral position

In addition, Brown is committed to paying its postdocs an equitable wage, which is generally pegged to the NIH postdoctoral minimum. Additional information on benefits can be found on the menu of this page. If you have specific questions, please contact the postdoctoral contact in your division.

Understanding Your Benefits

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Postdoctoral research associates are Brown employees with full benefits (as long as they are full-time). The Human Resources office maintains information on Brown's health and dental policies, retirement accounts, and other employee benefits. Postdoctoral research associates are eligible for all staff employment programs and discounts.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence at Brown to conduct research and training supported by external fellowships; they are normally paid stipends and are not normally considered to be employees of the University.  While postdoctoral fellows do not receive a full range of benefits, fellows that are paid through Brown may choose to participate in the University health plan and will normally be provided with a salary supplement to help offset the cost of health insurance. Some PIs will also choose to provide an additional salary supplement to offset the loss of other benefits, but that is not a university-mandated policy. 

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