Appointing Postdoctoral Scholars

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Information for Departments Appointing Postdoctoral Scholars

Designated hiring titles for postdoctoral positions are Postdoctoral Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow. Collectively, individuals holding these titles are referred to as postdoctoral scholars. 

A postdoctoral fellow holds a fellowship or traineeship. The fellow may receive payment through the Research Foundation (RF) or directly to the individual from the funding organization (i.e., Postdoctoral Fellow Direct Pay). This will be determined by the established guidelines and regulations of the assigned entity under which the fellowship is governed.

Postdoctoral associate is the usual designation for all other postdoctoral scholars that do not fall under the fellow titles. A postdoctoral associate may receive payment through the Research Foundation (RF), the UB Foundation (UBF), or State funds.