A postdoctoral fellow (postdoc) is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a defined period of mentored research and scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.

Postdoctoral Fellow appointment and training policies at Northwestern University (NU) are currently under review.  The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) invites recommendations and input from across the University community to facilitate greater participation and transparency.  In the meantime, the OPA follows the policy for Research Staff Appointments from the Office for Research

In addition, University policies pertaining to postdoctoral fellows, include, but are not limited to: