Postdoctoral Affairs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) oversees the policies that support the postdoctoral training experience at the University of Georgia.

At UGA, the postdoctoral experience emphasizes scholarship and continued research training for individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree. Postdoctoral research scholars conduct research with a faculty mentor and contribute to the academic community by enhancing the research and education programs of the university. Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Associate includes a significant set of responsibilities in formal instruction. Postdoctoral research (and teaching) scholars bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research environment of the entire university community.

UGA strives to provide a stimulating, positive, and constructive experience by emphasizing the mutual commitment and responsibility of the institution, the faculty, and the postdoctoral research scholar.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review and approval of all postdoctoral scholar appointments at UGA;
  • Development of policies and procedures affecting postdoctoral scholars;
  • Collaboration with the University of Georgia Postdoctoral Association (PDA) to provide prospective and current postdoctoral scholars with information and resources that will enhance the postdoctoral experience at UGA via the Postdoc Portal.


Important Note about Health Insurance: Postdoctoral Research (and Teaching) Associates are considered UGA employees and have access to the standard employee health insurance. Postdoctoral Research (and Teaching) Fellows and Fellow Adjuncts have the option of signing up for the same group health insurance available to graduate students.