Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) make vital intellectual and research contributions to the UMass Amherst community. 

Postdocs are encouraged to attend the 250 events presented each year by the Office of Professional Development (OPD). These events can help postdocs strengthen their skills in the areas of career preparation, communication, grants and fellowships, personal development, and teaching. 

The Graduate School also sponsors social and professional development activities exclusively for postdocs across campus to encourage community building. To learn more and get involved, join the postdoc listserv by emailing OPD

Questions about benefits, new employee information, and the Postdoctoral Bargaining Agreement can be directed to Human Resources and departmental hiring managers.   

Postdoctoral Professional Development Small Grants Program

The Graduate School sponsors a Postdoctoral Professional Development Small Grants Program, which invites postdocs to request up to $500 to support professional development activities that fall outside the normal engagement in research.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) combines personal assessment, career exploration, and skill building within a framework of goal-setting and accountability. Sample models include myIDP (designed for scientists) and ImaginePhD (designed for the humanities and social sciences).

Additional Resources


Contact us for more information on OPD’s offerings for postdocs.

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