Resources for Postdocs

Grant Finding Resources


Career Development Awards

The postdoctoral association awards bi-annual Career Development awards in the Fall and Spring which provide $500* to supplement travel, registration, etc. for events which further the professional development of postdocs at the University of Minnesota. Fill out the form and send it to by the deadlines. Applications will be judged and awarded by the PDA prioritized by need.
*Honorarium will be subject to taxes and related deductions as the payment of university funds must go through the employment system.

Uniform Guidance Implementation

Federal regulations governing budgets and charging of direct costs for new and renewal proposals will be effective December 26, 2014. If you are a PI or a Co-PI on a proposal intended for submission to a federal funding agency on/after December 26, 2014, this applies to you. The Office of Business Management (OMB) and Sponsored Projects (SPA) are working proactively to identify and influence changes to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The PDA will also be sending emails to the post-doctoral community as new information on Uniform Guidance Implementation becomes available.

Comprehensive, up-to-date information, FAQs, as well as contact information related to Uniform Guidance Implementation are available at


Tax Issues

The NPA has added a new article to its Postdoc resource page.  The article provides information and resources on the tax issues facing postdocs. Topics include: tax withholding, reporting fellowship income, filing estimated taxes, FICA, self-employment tax, child and dependent care credits and taxes for international postdocs.


For Postdoctoral Fellows

As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you are not considered an "employee" of the University of Minnesota. You are a "trainee." This means that although you have the OPTION of having income tax withheld from your fellowship payments, it will NOT be automatically withheld unless you make a specific request using this form. For more information about your tax situation as a Postdoctoral Fellow, please see the HRSS site or contact Employee Benefits: 612-624-9090 or 800-756-2363; fax 612-626-0808; email

Contact the University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association by email at: