Career & Funding

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MIT Postdoctoral Appointment Classification

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

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

External Fellowship Funding Agencies

There are a number of funding agencies that sponsor fellowships for postdoctoral research. Click here for a list of potential resources.

After your Postdoctoral Training

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

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".