Postdoctoral Classifications

UConn Health offers an exciting and collegial setting in which to pursue postdoctoral research. Postdoctoral scholars at the Health Center interact with a talented faculty, have access to excellent research facilities, and participate in a rich intellectual environment that includes frequent seminars and journal clubs.


UConn Health has some of the best working conditions for postdoctoral fellows found anywhere. Here are some facts about postdoc training at UConn Health:

Postdoctoral scholars at UConn Health are classified in two broad categories: postdoctoral fellows and postdoctoral trainees.

Postdoctoral fellows are employees of UConn Health and are members of the University Health Professionals (UHP) bargaining unit. As per the current contract, the minimum salary for postdoctoral fellows is at the 0-year NIH experience level, but fellows can be hired above this minimum. In addition to salary, a generous benefits package for fellows includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and 30 days of paid leave per year which includes vacation, personal days, and holidays. Twelve days of paid sick leave per year are also included.

  • UHP Contract
    Details that refer specifically to postdocs begin on page 120.

Postdoctoral trainees are individuals receiving a postdoctoral stipend from an NIH training grant or other source that does not permit them to be employees. Postdoctoral trainees are eligible to participate in the graduate assistant/trainee health plan.

Vacation and other leaves for trainees who are not UConn Health employees are governed by the policies of the agency funding the training support.