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Postdoctoral Affairs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) at Drexel University serves as a resource for prospective and current postdocs.

What is a postdoc?

A postdoctoral appointment at Drexel University:

  • Is a temporary training position (generally 5 years or less)
  • Involves substantial full-time research or scholarship
  • Prepares the trainee for a full-time career
  • Is not part of a clinical training program
  • Is performed under the supervision of one or more senior scholars or a department
  • Allows and encourages the postdoc to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship

What can the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs help me with?

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Drexel University will:

  • Connect you with faculty, professional staff, and the Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA)
  • Assist you in navigating campus resources, policies and procedures
  • Provide opportunities for continued training and professional development
  • Offer career guidance and support for next steps

National Postdoctoral Association

Drexel Unversity is a Sustaining Member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). Therefore, our postdocs receive free Affiliate Membership. By becoming a member, you will get opportunities to network with individuals in the postdoc community and gain access to members-only resources, such as the NPA Institutional Policy Database, and myPostdoc Monthly, a webinar offering support to postdocs. To learn more about NPA free resources, events and opportunities, please visit the National Postdoctoral Association's website.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Every year, the National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW) is held in the last week of September to thank postdocs and celebrate their contributions. Along with other institutions around the country, Drexel Celebrates its postdoctoral researchers with a series of fun and informative events.

Read more about NPAW on the NPA website!

Meet the Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA)

The Drexel Postdoctoral Association (DPA) aims to support postdocs during their journey at Drexel in a professional and social capacity. The DPA works with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to build stronger relations and advocate for postdocs in order to enact constructive changes and improve the training experience by engaging with Drexel administration and faculty.

Through the DPA, you can:

  • Connect with peers
  • Find information and resources
  • Gain leadership experience by joining a committee or even joining the executive board - Doc Upload

View the profiles of current DPA leadership.

More Resources for Postdocs

Postdoc News & Announcements

Fall 2023

The 2024 Cotswold Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship application is now open through Monday, October 23, 2023. Two awards will be given out for $60,000 per fellow for one year. Only Drexel postdocs are eligible, including international. Visit the website to learn more and apply.

Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in celebrating the 14th annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) September 18 to 23, 2023 and the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery at Drexel! Stay tuned for this year's dates and click on the NPAW website for a complete list of virtual and in-person events, as well as our website for a list of Drexel-specific events.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) is pleased to offer the 2023 Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series, a FREE series of webinars and small group discussions to help graduate students and postdocs develop the confidence and resilience needed to navigate challenging situations in school, work, the lab, and life. Recordings are also available to view in lieu of live participation.