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Categories of Postdoctoral Appointments

Postdoctoral appointment titles differ with respect to compensation, benefits, and taxation. The source of support determines the category of the postdoc. UC Merced, postdoctoral appointments fall into three categories.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee, Job Code 3252

An appointment is made in the title "Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee" when:

  1. The agency funding the salary requires or permits the appointee to be an employee of the University, or
  2. whenever General Funds, Opportunity Funds or other University discretionary funds are used to support the position.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Fellow, Job Code 3253

An appointment is made in the title "Postdoctoral Scholar - Fellow" when the Postdoctoral Scholar has been awarded a fellowship or traineeship for postdoctoral study by an extramural agency and the fellowship or traineeship is paid through a university account.

Postdoctoral Scholar - Paid Direct, Job Code 3254

An appointment is made in the title "Postdoctoral Scholar - Paid Direct" when the Postdoctoral Scholar has been awarded a fellowship or traineeship for postdoctoral study by an extramural agency and the agency pays the fellowship or traineeship directly to the Postdoctoral Scholar, rather than through the university. Such appointments shall have a "without-salary" status.

Postdoctoral Scholars may be assigned to more than one Postdoctoral Scholar title concurrently depending on university and extramural funding agency requirements.