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An array of benefits are available to postdoctoral scholars working at Stony Brook University. There are different plans offered depending on your title and your employer. For questions on your benefits, contact Human Resources.

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Employee postdocs will have a different benefits plan depending on whether their employer is the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University (RF Postdocs) or the State of New York (State postdocs). Employee benefit plans typically include individual and family health insurance, retirement options, and other benefits. Your employer and appointment title should be indicated in your offer letter. The vast majority of postdocs working at SBU are hired and paid from standard research grants, and so are RF postdocs.

New employee postdocs will be invited to either an RF or State new employee orientation that will explain employee benefits options and how to enroll. State postdocs should be mindful when choosing a retirement plan that some of their options are designed for long-term permanent employees staying at SBU for ten years or more. All postdocs are also invited to   New Postdoc Welcome, which is an orientation held every quarter by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Contact OPA at for more information. 

State Employee Benefits

RF Employee Benefits


Postdoc Fellows are supported by a fellowship or training grant or other external sources of trainee stipend funding and are not RF or State employees. Postdocs in the title Postdoctoral Fellow who receive their stipend through university payroll (e.g., NIH NRSA fellows) should consult the Stony Brook  Fellow Health Insurance page for information on health benefits. Postdoc Fellows who receive their fellowship money directly from the funder (so called "direct-paid postdoc fellows," for example, NSF postdoctoral fellows) may not qualify for the Fellows' health plan and are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. 

Note: Postdoctoral Fellows who hold a J VISA are not eligible for the Fellow health insurance plans and are advised to contact  Visa and Immigration Services for more information on the International Students and Scholars Health Insurance Plan .

Fellow Health Insurance Enrollment

International Students and Scholars Health Insurance Plan

All postdocs, independent of funding source or employer, are also invited to   New Postdoc Welcome, which is an orientation held every quarter by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Contact OPA at for more information. 


Postdocs considering having or adopting children during their tenure at Stony Brook should review their short-term disability and  leave options for their respective employment type. Stony Brook offers Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) unpaid coverage for eligible RF and State employees. For employees, paid leave options are available primarily via accrued annual and sick leave and, for RF employees, short-term disability ( note that there is a basic STD and, importantly, a  voluntary STD option that provides much greater coverage ). Postdoc Fellows should consult the terms of their fellowship or training grant for leave options.


Postdocs and their spouses are eligible for memberships to the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center . Postdoc Fellows should bring a letter from their department to demonstrate their campus affiliation. RF postdocs may also be eligible for an   insurance reimbursement for the membership fees  (see the RF benefits manual on  Gym Membership Reimbursement  for more details). 

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