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Postdoctoral Scholar Appointments



  • Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan (PSBP): Postdoctoral scholars must have adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of their appointment. Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the University’s Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan offered by Garnett-Powers and Associates, which include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short term disability, and voluntary long term disability.
  • Benefit costs for 2018: Postdoctoral scholars are expected to contribute towards the shared cost of the PSBP
  • Leave of Absence chart: In addition to sick leave and personal time off, postdoctoral scholars are eligible for temporary leaves of absence during their appointment period.
  • Postdoc Benefits Training July 2014


Employment Toolkit

The toolkit contains checklists, form letters, and other documents and resources to assist in the preparation of appointment, reappointment and modification requests.

Mentoring and Evaluation

  • Evaluation Form: As postdoctoral scholar appointments are for the purpose of training and mentorship, the supervisor shall conduct an annual review with the postdoctoral scholar to assess their research and progress expectations for the current period of appointment.
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP): Postdoctoral Scholars may elect to develop an IDP that identifies their research goals as well as professional development and career objects. IDPs can also serve as a communication tool, linking the research goals for the Postdoctoral Scholar and their faculty mentor. Postdoctoral Scholars are encouraged to work with their faculty mentors to create an IDP following the sample created by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology or using the online version - myIDP.
    NOTE: Postdoctoral Scholars who are supported by a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant are encouraged to develop an IDP with help from their faculty mentor. Beginning on October 1, 2014, NIH will request grantees to report the use of those IDPs on the annual Research Performance Progress report (RPPR), regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used to support the Postdoctoral Scholar’s project. NIH does not expect institutions to include copies of the actual IDPs but instead to report the success rate in which IDPs are used to help manage the training for those individuals. For more information, please visit
  • UCSB Postdoctoral Mentoring Guidelines: Best practices and resources for faculty who serve as Postdoctoral mentors