ECU Postdoc Benefits

Explore different benefits and resources provided to current postdoctoral scholars by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


The minimum salary for ECU postdocs is set by the National Institutes of Health’s scale for NRSA scholars. Any variation from this minimum must be approved by ECU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Medical and Vision Benefits

In order to recruit the highest quality doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars to support our significant and growing research enterprise, ECU offers health insurance to all postdoctoral scholars at no charge. Additionally, scholars can also opt to have their dependents covered under this health insurance plan for a fee.

To quality for this benefit, postdoctoral scholars must be on an active postdoctoral assignment of at least .75 FTE paid through the university payroll system. Postdoctoral students covered under another health insurance plan may decline coverage; international postdoctoral scholars must meet federal requirements in order to decline coverage.


International Scholars Benefits

All J-1 exchange visitors are required to have medical insurance in effect for themselves for the duration of their exchange program, and for accompanying spouse and dependents while they are in United States during the exchange visitor’s program. Exchange visitors are required to have:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness;
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of U.S. $25,000; and
  • Expenses associated with medical evacuation in the amount of U.S. $50,000.

A policy secured to fulfill the insurance requirements shall not have a deductible that exceeds U.S. $500 per accident or illness, and must meet other standards specified in the Exchange Visitor Program regulations, 22 CFR Part 62.14. If you choose to decline the postdoctoral insurance, then you will need to purchase alternative insurance through Geoblue. Please contact the Office of Global Affairs at via phone at +1-252-328-1938 or email for more information.

Gap Insurance Requirement: To help cover you until your new insurance policy becomes effective, you may be required to secure gap insurance.


Campus Resources

Health Center Access

Postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to use Student Health Services, which offers medical care, routine physicals, vaccinations, women’s health appointments, and more. Postdocs are able to use either the Main Campus location or the Health Sciences Campus. Dependents and spouses are not eligible.

Pirate Perks

As staff, postdocs are eligible for a wide variety of discounts and benefits at local restaurants and businesses, moving companies, apartment complexes, rental car companies, theme parks, phone service companies, and more. For the current list, please visit Pirate Perks.

Library system

The ECU library system is an incredible resource for more than just books and journal articles. Use the library to borrow audiovisual equipment (e.g., laptops, projectors, cameras, microphones, scanners, printers). The library also has interlibrary loan resources.

Grant proposal preparation support

Through Research Administration Hubs, postdocs are eligible to receive both pre- and post-award support, such as budget calculation, application completion, and more.

Faculty Workshops

Postdocs are welcome to participate in workshops offered through the Office of Faculty Excellence. Workshops cover a huge range of topics, from teaching to statistics to navigating academia. Check out the list of workshops offered here.

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