FAQ

What is the difference between a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Postdoctoral Associate?

A Postdoctoral Associate is paid directly by the Institute from a research grant (usually the Associate's faculty member's), while a Postdoctoral Fellow receives funding from an outside agency, sometimes funneled through MIT's Payroll Office.

When do I get paid?

All Postdocs are paid on the last working day of each month for that month.

How do I get paid?

All Postdocs who receive a paycheck from MIT are paid by direct deposit to a US bank account. You will sign up as part of New Employee Orientation. Any Postdoc Fellow whose award does not come through MIT will be paid directly by their funders as per the stipulation of their award agreement.

Click here for payroll information specific to Postdocs from the Vice President for Finance’s Office.

What happens if I 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 details 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.

What health benefits can Postdocs receive?

Postdoctoral Associates may be eligible for MIT-subsidized benefits depending on the length and the percent effort of the appointment. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits page for specific information regarding eligibility. You may also contact the department's Human Resources Administrator in Headquarters, 68-132, 617-253-4701.

Postdoctoral Fellows qualify for the MIT Affiliate Health Program. Affiliates are postdoctoral fellows, research fellows and visiting scientists with a 50 percent or more time MIT appointment for a minimum of three months, who are not paid by MIT funds.  For more information call the Affiliate Health Program, call 617-253-4371 or send e-mail to affplan@med.mit.edu.

What are the policies regarding paid time off?

         Postdoctoral Associates are eligible for paid time off. For information on vacation tracking, accrual and reporting

         Postdoctoral Fellows are not employees and do not have staff benefits.

Where can I find information regarding fellowships?

The Postdoc Fellowships page has some useful resources; you can also contact the BioFinance Office for further information regarding fellowships at 617-253-7924.