Postdoctoral Trainee Policies


All of the information below can be found on the University’s Policy for Postdoctoral Trainees (PDT) webpage.

Health Insurance                                 

The university requires all Postdoctoral Trainees (PDTs) to have health insurance. PDTs are eligible to receive single person insurance, as provided under the Basic University of Pennsylvania Postdoctoral Insurance Plan. If the health insurance coverage provided by the University is not needed, certification of alternate health insurance that provides at least comparable coverage must be provided.

PDT health insurance is offered through Garnett-Powers. Information and enrollment can be found on the University Postdoctoral Insurance Plan Portal

NOTE: Health insurance coverage begins on the first day of the PDT appointment, but PDTs must enroll within 31 days of the appointment date.

Changes to coverage during the plan year are only accepted if there has been a life-changing event (ex. marriage, new baby, etc.). All other changes must be made during the benefits open enrollment period.

Vacation & University-Observed Holidays

In any appointment year, a PDT may elect to take up to ten University business days as paid vacation days and still receive the PDT stipend.

PDTs are entitled to the eight official holidays observed by the University and are eligible to take the University’s special winter vacation, during which time the University is typically closed.

Sick Leave

In any appointment year, a PDT may take up to 15 University business days as sick leave and still receive the PDT stipend. Any unused sick leave is forfeited at the end of the appointment year. Supervisors may request medical documentation from a health care provider for any extended absence. Postdocs should inform their supervisor if there is a need for sick leave.

New Child Leave

PDTs are entitled to receive stipends for no more than 60 calendar days of leave per appointment year for the adoption or birth of a child. Either parent is eligible. Use of the new child leave must be discussed in advance with the supervisor. Unused sick leave or vacation days may be used, with approval, to extend the period of new child leave.