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2019 National Postdoctoral Survey

Are you interested in winning a travel award, and in sharing your experiences as a postdoc to a large national postdoc survey? A newly published study has demonstrated the crucial role of postdocs in lab culture and in the training and mentorship experiences of graduate students. We hope to capture your voice to draw attention to the unique needs of the postdoc population and reinforce the importance of training, policies, and compensation for postdocs.

All responses are anonymous, and participants have a chance to enter a drawing for a $500 travel award to a scientific meeting! We have just reached 5,000 responses from postdocs so far, and we hope to match our 2016 response rate of over 7,000 U.S. postdocs. For each additional 1,000-respondent benchmark we reach, we will give away a travel award, so get your responses in now to increase your chance of winning a prize! The extended close date of the survey will be December 31.

The 2019 National Postdoc Survey was conceived and developed by postdocs to benefit all members of the postdoctoral community, and is a follow-up to our very successful 2016 National Postdoc Survey. Since 2016, changes in postdoc policies have been implemented, including an increase in the postdoctoral salary levels set by NIH. An updated survey is needed now in order to capture the current experiences of postdoc fellows and scholars, and inform those who advocate for policy on behalf of postdocs.

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Thank you very much for your participation. Please forward this important survey to your postdoc colleagues!

Questions? Email the National Postdoctoral Survey Team at The University of Chicago or visit

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Last updated: 2020-01-02