Most federal agencies now require a mentorship plan in proposals that include support for a postdoc. Agency requirements vary, and so do training expectations among specific disciplines, so each PI will need to craft a plan that addresses these specific requirements and expectations. However, the programs and policies of Oregon State's Office of Postdoctoral Programs are likely to go a long way to meeting these needs. We recommend that PIs include the following in their mentorship plans:
We have prepared two examples of a NSF-specific post-doc mentoring plans.
We have also prepared a template mentoring plan specifically tailored to the Oregon State Postdoctoral Scholar category.
Feel free to contact Yanyun Zhao, Director of the OPP, if you have questions or would like assistance in developing a mentorship plan for a proposal.
Postdoctoral scholars are paid stipends rather than salaries. See our Stipends and Benefits page for current information about recommendations and policies concerning stipends.
The Current OPE Rates Table provided by the Research Office includes overhead rates for Postdoctoral Scholars. Please note, the table is currently out of date. In 2018, the cost for health insurance for a Postdoctoral Scholar is $379.83 per month, plus $6/month for half of an administrative fee (the postdoc pays the other half of this fee). In addition to health insurance, your budget should include 10% of the postdoc's stipend for Social Security, SAIF, Medicare and Unemployment. The Student Health Center has a webpage with up to date information about health insurance for postdoctoral scholars. Additional coverage can be purchased by the Postdoc Scholar to cover dependents.
It is recommended that you include funds in your budget to support travel by your postdoc to professional meetings.