Current Postdoc Benefits

The university provides a competitive benefits package, including insurance, retirement benefits, as well as many other programs and services for employees. These benefits are available to regular employees who are appointed for at least 50% time. Some are also available to regular employees appointed for less than 50% time, as well as temporary employees and student employees.

  • Health Insurance
    • If you’re appointed to work at least 20 hours or more a week for at least 4.5 months (135 calendar days) in an eligible staff, faculty or graduate student academic employee position, you may participate in the university’s insurance plans. Certain non-employee Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Student Fellows are eligible to participate in the university’s medical, dental and vision insurance plans.

For a comprehensive list of employee services, visit the Human Resources website.


An identification card (ID) can be obtained, with prior approval from your host department, by visiting the ID Center, located on the first floor of the Flawn Academic Center, FAC 102.

Building Access and Office Space

Room keys (or proximity card) can be obtained with prior approval from your host department by visiting Lock & Key Services.


If you wish to park an automobile or motorcycle on the campus, you must obtain a parking permit. This can be arranged at the discretion of your host department, in a request on letterhead addressed to Parking and Transportation Services. This letter will entitle you to an “A” parking permit.

Recreational Sports

Research Affiliates are eligible to use the gym or any other recreation facilities. There is a charge for membership, which must be paid in advance. Membership is at the faculty/staff level. Visit the Division of Recreational Sport for more information.


As a Research Affiliate you are entitled to the same discounts on campus events as every other member of the UT faculty.


Insurance benefits are available for eligible fellowship holders.

To qualify for insurance as a Research Affiliate – Postdoctoral (A010), you must be serving a postdoctoral fellowship with the sponsorship of a UT Austin faculty member. Your eligibility will continue as long as you are serving the fellowship and maintain sponsorship of a faculty member.

All research affiliate postdocs are eligible to enroll in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan:

Insurance requirements for J-1 Scholars

Visit Handbook of Operating Procedures for further information on Research Affiliates.

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