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Core Programs: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Core Programs at UW Graduate School are re-establishing a focus on postdoctoral fellow professional development this year. Through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, postdoc fellows from any program can find guidance toward campus resources to address career, appointment, mentoring, teaching and research skills. We get you to the right place – where the services you need are provided and where you can connect with others with similar questions and career development goals.

Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written guide to help provide some structure when working through your goals, as well as guide you in letting your professors, mentors, family and friends know how best they can support you in reaching your academic, personal, and professional objectives.

Graduate School Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Trainees

The Graduate School and the UW Office of Postdoctoral Affairs awards an annual Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Trainees to recognize and honor the tremendous role postdocs play in student research and training at UW.  We have received nominations from over 25 departments on campus. The patience postdocs demonstrate in spending time investing in students, even while advancing their own research and career, is a model of what we would hope to see among mentors.  As we heard over and over again in the letters: postdocs serve as mentors who guide, push, inspire students to become their best selves.  The two Mentoring Award recipients receive an honorarium for $2000 each.

2014 Awardees
Felice Dunn, Biological Structure
Irini Topalidou, Biochemistry

On behalf of the Graduate School, thank you to all of the postdocs on campus who contribute to our rich learning environment and the future of students.

Select campus resources for postdocs

UW Core Programs

The Core Programs are workshops and online resources designed to meet your needs throughout your pathway to success here, from successful research to finding the job you want. We also have Mentor Memos (brief tips on key skills) and an online guide to getting the mentoring you need.


UW Career Center

This site provides excellent resources for putting together an academic job portfolio, networking, getting letters of support, and so forth. Regular workshops can help you learn more and answer your questions.

Graduate Funding Information Service

This office provides links to a wide range of databases to help you find research and other fellowship funding.

Center for Teaching and Learning

The center hosts workshops and provides online resources to enhance your teaching. They also offer learning communities of graduate students, postdocs and faculty who are invested in exploring a particular dimension of teaching or learning for a quarter.

Advice and Support

If you find yourself in a conflict with a supervisor or team member, or just have a question about what is appropriate or expected in a given relationship, you may contact any of these free services for confidential advice.

ITHS Research Ethics Consult Service

For questions of authorship, conflicts of interest, attribution and other questions impacting research collaborations.

UW Ombudsman

For interpersonal conflicts that could benefit from conciliation, mediation or just coaching you personally through a strategy to address the difficult situation.

University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office

For discrimination, retaliation or harassment concerns.