Postdoc Classifications

There are two classifications of postdocs at the University of Miami. These categories are based upon their corresponding supporting funding source, which governs benefits and manner of tax payment. Postdoctoral appointments are distinct from those of students, staff, or faculty in their scope, time limits and nature of appointment.


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  • Postdoctoral Associates

    Postdoctoral associates are funded by extramural federal grants awarded to Principal Investigators as well as other University of Miami funding sources. Postdoctoral associates are classified as University of Miami employees and receive a salary and employee benefits. Postdoctoral Associates are subject to periodic payroll tax withholding and receive a Form W-2 in January of each year. Click here to review the University of Miami employee benefits, which apply to Postdoctoral associates.

  • Postdoctoral Scholars

    Postdoctoral scholars are funded by individual fellowships (e.g. American Heart Association fellowship, National Research Service Award (NRSA) F32 fellowship) or National Institutes of Health Institutional Training Grants (e.g. NRSA T32) and receive a stipend rather than a salary. Therefore, Postdoctoral scholars are not classified as employees and their benefits differ from Postdoctoral associates. Postdoctoral scholars will not receive a Form W-2 nor be subject to payroll tax withholding. However, the fellowship payments are still taxable to the recipient. Click here to review the Benefits Summary for Postdoctoral scholars.