Postdoctoral trainees play a vital role in our intellectual community and contribute to innovative scholarship across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
1030+ Postdocs at a Glance:
A postdoctoral appointment represents a unique type of training that provides early-career researchers with the academic, technical, and professional skills necessary to advance their professional careers. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) supports and represents the 1,000+ postdocs who contribute to the University’s research mission on the Evanston and Chicago campuses.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Northwestern sponsors multiple professional development opportunities for postdocs to learn about science communications, US immigration, bystander intervention, loan forgiveness, the academic job market, non-academic career paths, and resources for parents and families, among other topics. Specific professional development opportunities include:
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The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association (NUPA) develops and supports the NU postdoctoral community by fostering professional and social interaction. NUPA also:
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The Northwestern Postdoc Benefit Plans provide postdocs with:
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The Graduate School (TGS) promotes a transformative educational experience for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern University. The Graduate School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) focuses on the recruitment and support of underrepresented populations to foster an inclusive environment and facilitate community engagement. We are committed to the personal and intellectual growth of our diverse student population.
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The Northwestern, UIC, and UChicago campuses reside on the original homelands and traditional territory of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa Nations, as well as other Tribal Nations that know this area as their ancestral homeland, including the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Miami, Peoria, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, Kiikaapoi, and Sac and Fox. Indigenous peoples are the traditional stewards of the land that we now occupy, living here long before Chicago was a city and still thriving here today and current home to one of the largest urban Native American communities in the United States. Native people are part of Chicago’s past, present, and future.