Postdoctoral Appointments

Associate Dean for Graduate Education
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If you have questions, please contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.


Postdoctoral scholars and research fellows.

Policy Purpose and Description  

Postdoctoral scholar and research fellow appointments are approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in CLAS and are administered by the Graduate College at the University of Iowa. The Graduate College also oversees postdoctoral education at The University of Iowa.




Postdoctoral scholars may be appointed as Postdoctoral Research Scholars (FP01) or Postdoctoral Research Fellows (FP02). For a description of these two UI HR classifications, visit What is a Postdoctoral Scholar?

CLAS and the Graduate College highly recommend that newly appointed postdocs be paid according to the salaries set by the NIH/NRSA salary guidelines. PIs may pay above the minimum salaries recommended in the guidelines. If for some reason the PI cannot meet this salary standard, a letter of justification must be attached to the Postdoctoral Request to Hire.

CLAS expects that all of its postdoctoral scholars have an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

CLAS and the Graduate College are concerned that current postdoctoral scholars be compensated equitably and encourage departments to bring their salaries into alignment with new hires.

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