Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars are a crucial component of the research community at Brandeis University. While working under the supervision of faculty members and using the facilities of the university, it is our hope that these scholars are able acquire the skills necessary to pursue their career goals.

Our mission is to assist postdoctoral scholars during their professional training and development at Brandeis to successfully reach both their short- and long-term professional ambitions.

Postdoctoral scholar appointments are usually provided annually, to a maximum of five years of postdoctoral status. Appointments of more than five years need approval from the Vice Provost of Research.

Types of Postdoctoral Appointments

There are three titles of postdoctoral appointees:

Postdoctoral Associate

Supported by sponsor’s funding and are considered staff.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Supported by a foundation or other nonfederal agency and are not considered staff.

NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

Supported by an NRSA institutional training grant or an NRSA individual fellowship.

All requests for postdoctoral scholar appointments must be initiated in Workday by the sponsoring department. As we transition to the Workday business process, postdoctoral services requests that the postdoctoral scholar new appointment form (pdf) or postdoctoral scholar appointment change form (pdf) be completed and uploaded to the academic appointment process in Workday. This will ensure that all information needed to provide the appointment letter will be collected.


Applications for a postdoctoral position at Brandeis should be sent directly to a faculty member. Feel free to access our office directory to identify an appropriate academic department and faculty member.