Recruiting Postdocs

Starting the Process

To recruit a new postdoc, contact your HR business partner and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at [email protected].


Effective January 1, 2022, titles for postdocs will be postdoctoral associate and postdoctoral scholar. All prior postdoc titles under the research staff category will no longer exist.

Investigators and managers who are unsure of the appropriate title for their new postdoc can email [email protected] for assistance.

Starting Compensation

Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum annualized compensation for postdocs is $53,760. (For postdocs appointed prior to January 1, 2022, the minimum annualized compensation must be met by July 1, 2022.)

The minimum compensation aligns with year zero of the FY21 NIH National Research Service Awards (NRSA) scale which is a national standard. The minimum will apply across all GW departments and units, regardless of funding source. NIH updates the NRSA scale on an irregular basis. GW will continue to reference it to inform starting compensation.

The NRSA scale should be considered when setting compensation for the initial appointment.

Sample Postdoc Appointment Descriptions

Sample descriptions for postdoctoral scholar and associate appointments may be requested by emailing [email protected].

Acquiring a VISA

Departments should reach out to the International Services Office to initiate the visa process. Obtaining a visa takes time and patience, so please begin the process well before their appointment date.