Career & Funding

Postdoctoral student works out an equation.

Postdoctoral Fellows receive stipends funded by individual research fellowships for independent research and training. Depending on the terms of the fellowship, the stipend will either be paid directly by the agency or organization supplying the fellowship, or it will be funneled through MIT's Payroll Office. Several of the most popular fellowships are listed here.

Postdoctoral Associates receive salaries funded by research grants and are employed as academic staff sponsored by a faculty member.

Questions regarding individual fellowship or appointment conditions should be directed to the Biology Human Resources Administrator or the BioFinance Office.

After your Postdoctoral Training

There are many career information resources available on the Web, including:

Transition from a Postdoc Associate to Fellow, or vice versa?

There are a number of changes related to payroll, taxes, benefits and costs to the scholar that come into play when you transition between Fellow and Associate. Click here for information from the Vice Predisent for Finance’s Office about that switch. For more detials please contact someone in the department’s HR Office. You should request a new orientation from HR at the departmental level before you make this sort of transition in order to fully undrstand the changes that will take place.

 

Postdoctoral researchers may receive funding in the form of a fellowship or traineeship award, or a salaried appointment. The term "postdoctoral scholar" generally refers to the two MIT titles, "Postdoctoral Associate" and "Postdoctoral Fellow".