Benefits & Health Insurance

What Type of University of Chicago BSD Postdoc are you?

Below is a table of the rights and benefits different postdocs can expect within the Biological Sciences Division at The University of Chicago. This table is for summary purposes only. Click on the links to find out more about some topics.  For full details consult your departmental human resources representative. The University of Chicago's current postdoc policy can be found here.

Health Insurance Plans available through the University are managed by Garnett-Powers & Associates.

Postdocs also have access to the Staff and Faculty Assistance Program (SFAP), a confidential service offered through Perspectives Ltd. that provides support, counseling, referrals and resources for issues that impact your life. 

Postdoc scholars can view elected benefits, paycheck and update personal information by visiting Workday. Some information on Benefits and Leave is available through UChicago Human Resource Services.

Right and benefits for postdoc scholars and fellows.
Download this table (PDF Updated 10/21/16).

 

Job Title

Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Fellow

University Employee Yes No
Funding Source Grant / fellowship paid as salary. Grant / fellowship paid as stipend.1
Appointment Length Generally 1 year.
Eligibility Within 5 years of award of degree (for BSD postdocs).
Term Limit Max. 5 years postdoc experience at UChicago and elsewhere (for BSD postdocs).
Leave Policy 4 weeks paid vacation, 12 days paid sick leave per year. This time may be used as parental leave. Eligible for Family Medical Leave Act after 1 year of employment. Short/Long term disability coverage through Garnett-Powers. 4 weeks paid vacation, 12 days paid sick leave per year. This time may be used as parental leave. NOT eligible for Family Medical Leave Act after 1 year of employment. Short/Long term disability coverage through Garnett-Powers.
Health Insurance All postdoctoral fellows and scholars have the option of health, dental, and vision care managed through Garnett-Powers and Associates.
Life Insurance Starts at $50,000 at no cost to postdocs. This life insurance also covers repatriation of remains for foreign citizens. Offered by Garnett-Powers.
Benefits Eligible Yes, deducted from payroll.2 No, can purchase benefits coverage through Garnett-Powers.
Retirement Benefits Employee plan - university contributes 3.0% of your pay after 1 year of employment. Retirement plan re-design as of July 1, 2016. Included in supplemental stipend. Contribution cannot be made to the University fund as a non-employee.
Supplemental Stipend for Benefits Coverage        Effective Jan 1, 2004 Updated July 1, 2016 No $1800/year (if full health insurance coverage funding is provided by outside source) for dental, disability / life insurances, retirement and taxes; $8500/year above plus full health insurance coverage for the individual postdoc fellow. 
Taxes Payroll deduction, incl FICA. No payroll deduction.3 Estimated taxes filed quarterly. No FICA contribution.
Visa Restrictions May have H1-b status. Cannot be sponsored for permanent residency. Cannot have H1-b visa status or be sponsored for permanent residency.
Mentoring Program Yes
University Housing Yes, eligible for staff/faculty and student housing. Not eligible for Employer-Assisted Housing Program or Staff Loan Programs.
Other Benefits Reduced UChicago gym membership, access to the Family Resource Center.
Professional Development Mentor Training for Postdocs, myCHOICE, NRMN-CAN, weekly PDA seminar series and special events.

Find out if your stipend can be used as a salary. If it can, you can be a Postdoctoral Scholar and benefits eligible employee.

For benefits deduction through payroll (Postdocs Scholars), visit Workday.

3 Non-resident Aliens: Federal taxes may be withheld at 14% unless a tax treaty is claimed.

The following benefits are not available for postdocs: Lab Schools Tuition, Reduced UChicago Tuition, Commuter pre-tax benefits, Employer-Assisted Housing Program.