Postdoctoral scholars who are paid salaries from Mizzou funds, including grants and contracts, and are classified as university employees and receive the same health, leave, educational assistance and retirement benefits as faculty and staff.
Postdoctoral scholars who cannot be considered salaried university employees because they receive stipend or salary support directly from a granting agency or a funding source that does not allow university employee status as a condition of the award, are eligible to receive benefits, but the benefits package differs in some respects from that of individuals who are salaried employees of the university. As applicable, it is the responsibility of the faculty mentor and/or department chair to ensure that resources are available from grants, departmental funds or other university sources to cover the university’s share of the costs for medical insurance before a postdoctoral trainee is accepted.
The University of Missouri System Faculty and Staff Benefits Handbook provides a comprehensive list of benefits available to postdoctoral trainees who are classified as employees. Details regarding benefits for stipend-funded and other non-employee postdocs are available from the Office of Postdoctoral Education in the Graduate School.
Although faculty mentors are responsible for establishing the level of compensation for their postdoctoral scholars, it is expected that compensation will be consistent with the background of the trainee, the norms for the discipline and the minimum levels established by the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Minimum levels will be established annually and posted on the Postdoctoral Education Website at the beginning of the fall term.
As of December 1, 2016, the minimum salary for postdoctoral fellows (Job code 6990) is $47,476. For those hired or reappointed after December 1, 2016, the minimum salary for postdoctoral fellows - teaching (Job code 6992) is $36,000. Please note that this minimum amount may be superseded by specific funding or visa requirements.
All postdoctoral scholars are eligible to receive benefits, but the type of benefits package received is dictated by the nature of the relationship between the postdoctoral fellow and the university. Postdoctoral fellows can be considered as having either an employer–employee relationship with Mizzou or one that is educational.
This category includes individuals who, while pursuing their postdoctoral training, provide services to Mizzou for compensation. They receive a salary and are classified by the job title postdoctoral fellow or postdoctoral fellow - teaching. To be benefit eligible, they are expected to work 1.0 FTE with an indicated appointment duration of at least nine months. Service credit under the UM retirement program requires a minimum of 1500 hours worked per year. These benefits are detailed on the Faculty and Staff Benefits website.
Postdoctoral scholars in this category receive support from the university that enables them to pursue research and other training as defined above under the heading postdoctoral fellow. They receive a stipend and are eligible for both the graduate medical insurance subsidy program and fee waiver program.
Medical insurance subsidy program
Postdoctoral fellows with qualifying appointments are eligible to participate in the graduate medical insurance subsidy program (Plan II). It is important to note that Mizzou subsidies currently cover only the postdoctoral scholar and that the additional cost of premiums for a spouse and/or family are the responsibility of the postdoctoral scholar. The current medical subsidy program also provides medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for international postdoctoral fellows.
Stipend-funded postdoctoral fellows will be eligible for 75 percent waiver of tuition under the graduate student support program with the following restrictions.
- A maximum of 6 credit hours per semester during the spring and fall terms.
- A maximum of 3 credit hours during the summer term.