Postdoctoral Affairs

Professional Development

The Office of University Postdoctoral Affairs (OUPA) is here to support you as you pursue your professional goals at Brown. Our office can help connect you to campus resources and partners with other University offices to develop programming for postdocs. You also can access one-on-one advising from the Director of OUPA. 

Please review the resources below to learn more about professional development as a postdoc at Brown.


At Brown, postdocs and PIs are encouraged to form strong mentoring relationships drawing on resources provided by your academic departments, schools, and the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Individual Development Plan

All postdocs in the Division of Biology and Medicine are required to fill out an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Postdocs in other science disciplines are encouraged to use this framework to discuss their goals with mentors at Brown.

Learn About IDPs

Training Modules

All postdocs also have access to additional training modules through Workday Learning. To access it, click on “Learning” on your Workday menu.

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Training and Funding Opportunities

For additional training and funding opportunities, check the THE NEXT LEVEL: Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students & Postdocs maintained by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Office of Foundation Relations at Brown.


Quarterly Welcome Events hosted by OUPA

The Office of University Postdoctoral Affairs (OUPA) hosts a quarterly postdoc welcome event and academic orientation. The event is a great chance to meet other postdocs new to Brown and the OUPA staff. It will include a presentation from OUPA director Audra Van Wart about planning a successful postdoc, plus an overview of resources available to postdocs at Brown. Postdocs will receive an email invitation after beginning their appointment at Brown.