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Benefits for Postdoc Researchers & Fellows

Summary information related to benefits for postdoctoral researchers and fellows.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my benefits if funding for my postdoc position changes?

If your funding changes from NRSA to non-NRSA funding (or vice versa) you will need to switch benefits plans. You will be contacted by either Penn HR through Workday or Gallagher Benefits Services, depending on whether your support will be from NRSA or Non NRSA funds.

Do my insurance options cover the J-1 visa requirements?

Yes. All insurance plans offered through Penn meet the J-1 visa requirements.

Am I eligible for commuter benefits?

As of July 1, 2023, postdoctoral researchers and fellows can enroll in benefits. If you enroll in July, your commuter benefits will be available in August. Postdocs are also eligible for parking but they will need to apply and there may be a waitlist. Find more information here.

I have other questions about the benefits. Who do I contact?

For postdoc researchers and fellows contact Health Advocate at 1-866-799-2329 or the Penn Employee Solution Center. NRSA Fellows should contact Gallagher Services at

What does “minimum stipend level” mean?

It means all postdocs have to be paid a minimum stipend amount based on their total postdoctoral years of experience. Postdocs and PIs or faculty mentors can negotiate a higher stipend amount but the total stipend amount needs to meet or exceed the minimum stipend level established by Penn.

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