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Self Funded Postdocs

The following benefit plans and programs may be  available upon eligibility to postdocs who are self-funded (grants from NIH, NSF, governmental grants, etc.) and are appointed as postdoctoral fellows. If you have any questions about these programs, contact Benefit Services at (607) 255-3936 or send a message to

Cornell-Provided Benefits

Health Care

Postdoctoral Fellows might be eligible to enroll in one of the endowed health care plan options (check with your hiring department on eligibility). For more information about the health plans, please visit the HR health plans page.

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, 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, visit the Wellness Program website.

Department of Inclusion and Belonging

The Office of Postdoctoral Studies 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, please visit the Department of Inclusion and Belonging website.


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.

Additional Information

More detailed information regarding these benefits and privileges is contained in the Human Resource Policies on the Web at HR Policies and in Cornell’s summary plan descriptions. If you have any questions about this summary or your employee benefit programs, contact Benefit Services, Office of Human Resources, 130 Day Hall, (607) 255-3936, or e-mail: