Postdoctoral Training

IU School of Medicine offers postdoctorate training programs to expand the skills and knowledge of PhDs to advance their careers. Two types of postdoctoral researchers train at IU School of Medicine: Postdoctoral Appointees and Postdoctoral Fellows. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs enhances the postdoctoral experience at IU School of Medicine by providing support and resources to address the unique needs of each postdoctoral researcher.

Benefits and Funding

The benefit plan a postdoctorate trainee receives at IU School of Medicine depends on the type of appointment and program the individual is pursuing. Applicants can consult with a department administrator to get details on program types.

Appointees are considered employees of the university and receive the benefits standard to Academic Appointees.

Fellows begin training with different benefit structure than Appointees, as funding agencies require fellows not have an employer relationship. The benefit plan for postdoctorate fellows at IU School of Medicine is underwritten by Anthem.


Easy access to academic courses is one of the benefits of working in higher education. IU employees receive the IU Tuition Benefit through Human Resources. Non-employees or those funded under a training grant often find the grant includes funding for tuition and professional development programs. Postdoctorate trainees interested in this benefit should speak to the department and/or grant administrator for more information.

If registering for a course but not seeking another degree, the status would be classified as Graduate Non-Degree (GND), and GND application must be completed. This application is available online through the IUPUI Graduate Office and typically includes an application fee. Prior to completing the application, applicants should speak to a department administrator, as they often request the application fee to be waived. After submitting the application, a confirmation email from the Graduate Office will be sent with detailed instructions on how to register for the course.

Grant Support

The IU School of Medicine Graduate Division offers grant support to postdoctorate trainees to provide assistance to principal investigators (PI) with submission of training grants by maintaining a master list of all NIH and IU School of Medicine training grants and tracking the progress of former trainees; compiling information required for application tables; identifying key information for a school-wide training grant database; and coordinating an annual update of Resources and Environment text. The Graduate Division also assists both PIs and DMGA with the completion of the GSS NIH/NSF survey.

Requests for assistance with training grant tables should include at least two months lead time (prior to the training grant due date) and information about the training grant due date, including the title of the grant and PI that is being submitted, what data tables need to be completed and the date for completion and, most importantly, a list of faculty and their departments for those participating on the grant along with a list of current pre- and post-docs, and the contact person for the grant. Request should also include a meeting time to discuss the details of the training grant.

Travel Awards

Travel grants are available to IU School of Medicine postdoctoral trainees who are designated in the IUIE system as a postdoctoral trainee (AC1 or FLP designation). Postdoctoral trainees who DO NOT qualify for this award include those with Research Associate, Visiting Scholar, Assistant Research Professor titles and any other postdoctoral designation not identified above. Prior awardees from the previous award cycle (Nov, April) are also prohibited from applying for the next years’ award cycle (Nov, April).

To apply, interested applicants must submit a completed Application Form. Contact information for the applicant as well as his/ her mentor and HR/Departmental Administrator is required. Applicants must also submit a scientific abstract, a lay abstract, a significance statement, conference details—all signed with the applicant’s digital signature. A scanned and submitted Faculty Mentor Acknowledgement Form must include necessary signatures.

Applications to cover a conference to be attended between December 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, must be submitted by November 8, 2017, at 4:00 pm EST. Applications to cover a conference to be attended between May 1, 2018, and November 31, 2018, must be submitted by April 4, 2018, at 4:00 pm EST.

Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend

The 2017 Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend, being held October 26-28, 2017, offers opportunity for talented and outstanding postdoctoral candidates to visit and interview for postdoctoral positions at IU School of Medicine. Candidates must have defended their dissertation no earlier than August 2016 or expect to defend their thesis by August 2018. Candidates should currently be enrolled in a U.S. graduate institution or have graduated from a U.S. institution and currently reside in the United States.

Applicants selected for the recruitment weekend present research to IU School of Medicine faculty, interview with potential faculty mentors and meet current postdocs, and tour the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus and community. Travel expenses are paid by IU School of Medicine (some restrictions may apply).

Interested participants must submit a completed application to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs by August 1, 2017, for review by the selection committee. Acceptance notifications are sent by email.

Applicants to the 2017 Postdoctoral Recruitment Weekend must submit all of the following items to complete the application packet: application form, CV with list of publications (maximum five pages), summary of career goals and research interests (maximum one page), reference form (to be completed and sent separately by faculty mentor, and support letter (to be completed and sent separately by faculty mentor).

Applications without all of the above items by the deadline will not be reviewed. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs by August 1, 2017.

International Applicants

The American English Intonation Program improves participants’ spoken communications with colleagues, patients and staff through modification—not elimination—of their international accents. Classes take place from 5:15 to 7:15 pm in the Candlelight Room, A3050-A, at Methodist Hospital. Register

The Postdoc Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to help new and incoming postdocs in adjusting to a new city and job by matching them with existing postdocs at IU School of Medicine. A new job and work environment comes with its own stress. In addition, people moving from other countries must adjust to a different culture. This program provides added guidance for these individuals.

For information on financial assistance and legalities in accurately applying for financial support as an international trainee, visit the Office of International Affairs.