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The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a professional association that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Founded in 2003, the NPA has an ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience.  Since its founding, the NPA has assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope, requiring action beyond the local level.  Key alliances are being forged at all levels, and new standards and policies proposed by NPA are being considered and adopted by federal agencies and research institutions throughout the U.S.

The UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs holds institutional membership in the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).  As an institutional member of NPA, all UNC postdocs are members of the NPA and enjoy access to programs, services, and resources offered by the association.  To learn more about the NPA and member benefits, please visit their website at

Want to become a member of NPA? All postdoctoral scholars at UNC Chapel Hill qualify for a free affiliate membership in the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). Register for your free affiliate membership today.  This offer applies to students and alumni.  In effect, anyone who has an email address ending with an institutional e-mail address can join the NPA for free.

Affiliate membership: click here.          Membership instructions: click here.

NPA Resources:

NPA Core Competencies (link to NPA)
Work-Life Resources addressing topics that range from career planning to diversity to retirement.
Mentoring Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars-toolkit for mentors
Diversity Programs & Resources-resources and fellowship opportunities
Resources for International Postdocs-International Postdoc Survival Guide and other publications and resources
POSTDOCket– NPA’s quarterly newsletter (summer issue)
This issue of the National Postdoctoral Association’s (NPA) quarterly newsletter includes information on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), complete with FAQs answered by the NPA Advocacy Committee; a preview of 2016 National Postdoc Appreciation Week; and a discussion on promoting an inclusive environment for LGBTQ postdocs.