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Cornell Funded Postdocs

The following benefit plans and programs are available upon employment based on eligibility to postdocs who are funded by the university (funding coming from a faculty advisor or a prestigious fellowship) and are appointed as  postdoctoral associates.

If you have any questions about these programs, you should contact Benefit Services at (607) 255-3936 or send a message to

For a full summary of benefits, visit benefits.


The minimum postdoc salary effective July 1, 2023 is $56,484.

Cornell-Provided Benefits

Health Care

Postdocs associates will be assigned to participate in either the contract college health care plan or the endowed college heath care plan.

For additional information about the plans, check our health plans.


Cornell offers financial and investment planning services, robust retirement benefits, and a wide array of investment funds to help faculty and staff realize their financial security goals. For additional information, see retirement.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

FSAP’s professional staff offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. The FSAP is part of Cornell’s broad commitment to foster and support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.

Services include:

  • Personal consultation and needs assessment
  • Short-term counseling
  • Information about and referral to campus or community resources and services
  • Consultation with supervisors, managers, and others who are concerned about an employee or workplace situation
  • Crisis response and community support

For additional information, please visit FSAP.

Cornell Wellness Program

The Cornell University Wellness Program provides educational and physical fitness opportunities for faculty, staff, and their families to engage in healthy lifestyles that enhance the social and physical dimensions of life. For additional information, please visit our Wellness Program.

Department of Inclusion and Belonging

The Office is dedicated to creating a positive environment for Cornell’s faculty, staff, and students by assisting in the resolution of discrimination, harassment, and bias matters; providing resources in the areas of affirmative action and diversity; and by addressing work-related issues that affect the life quality of Cornell’s increasingly diverse employee population. For additional information, visit the Department of Inclusion and Belonging.

Cornell Children Tuition Scholarship (CCTS)

The Cornell Children’s Tuition Scholarship awards scholarships to children of eligible employees for study at Cornell and other accredited institutions. It is a benefit provided to the children of eligible Cornell employees who will be or are currently studying toward a degree at Cornell or an undergraduate degree at another institution, accredited by the American Council on Education. For additional information, please visit  CCTS.

Child Care Grant and Other Benefits

To find information about child care center, child care grant and other benefits associated with children, please visit the Child Care Grant page.

Paid Time Off


Post-doctoral associates accrue at the rate of 15 days per year. Vacation must be taken before the termination date of the appointment; vacation cannot extend salary payments beyond the termination of appointment. To view full policy go to page 18 Leave Policy


The university recognizes the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and winter holidays (usually six days between December 25 and January 1). According to the academic calendar, Labor Day is not a holiday for academic employees.


Cornell provides leave for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), military service or training, and jury duty. For additional information, please see the Leaves for Professors and Academic Staff document.

Educational Opportunities

Many programs are offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, as well as by other offices on campus, and will be published on the listserv as well.

  • Many workshops are available to Cornell staff from Technical and Business training to wellbeing, those training are offered in person or online for a full list go to: Full list of training opportunities
  • Extramural Program (Cornell Academic Courses) are available to postdocs who may enroll in up to four credit hours per semester in Cornell academic courses tuition-free to help improve their job performance and assist in their career and personal development. Postdocs are eligible upon employment with approval of their supervisor and department head. To register, visit Extramural Studies.

Cornell Travel Registry

Cornell provides a free assistance program to all students, faculty, and staff traveling on university business 50 miles or more away from campus. Cornell’s vendor, UHC Global Assistance (formerly FrontierMEDEX), provides emergency evacuation assistance, medical referrals worldwide, and travel assistance in emergency situations. We encourage you to visit Cornell’s Travel Assistance website to print a Global Assistance card with Cornell’s UHC ID# so that you can more quickly access health, safety, and security services should you need them while on In Absentia status. Further, more information about staying safe abroad and using Cornell’s Travel Registry website can be found on the Travel Registry webpage. Additional information is available at this site about contacting Cornell Police (607-255-111) for urgent health, safety, and security concerns while away from campus and for contacting UHC Global Assistance in a medical emergency while abroad.

For Additional Information

Additional information regarding these benefits and privileges is contained in the Human Resource Policies and can be found under benefits.