Cornell Funded Postdocs Benefits

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 for 2018-2019 is $48,432.

The minimum salary for 2019-2020 is $50,004

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 go to: 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 Workforce Diversity

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: Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity

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

Child Care Grant and Other Benefits

To find information about child care center, child care grant and other benefits associated with children, please visit

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation

Post-doctoral associates accrue at the rate of 15 days per year; additional days may be awarded to a total of 22 days a year at the discretion of the professor and the chairperson. Vacation must be taken before the termination date of the appointment; vacation cannot extend salary payments beyond the termination of appointment.

  • Holidays

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.

  • Leaves

Cornell provides leave for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), military service or training, and jury duty. For additional information, please visit

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 listerve as well.

  • "The Guide to Workshops", published once a year, offers faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in numerous educational programs. Topic areas include communication, leadership, personal and career development, supervision, health and wellness, work and family, financial administration, and information technology.
  • 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 go to:  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 is found here. 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 on the Web at Benefits