Postdoc Benefits

Postdoctoral Fellows – Benefits

(revised 1/17/2014)

General Information
The Benefits Summary for Postdocs (2015) provides an overview of University benefits for eligible postdocs.

A benefits presentation from the Central Benefits Office for new postdocs can be found here.

Postdoctoral fellows who are not paid by Harvard and thus are not eligible for university benefits may purchase student health insurance from Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) at the affiliate rate. Information is available online at  This affiliate insurance can be purchased for a maximum of three-years.

Cafeteria Discount for Postdocs
Harvard Chan School provides a 20% discount to benefits-eligible  postdoctoral fellows when they pay with Crimson Cash at Sebastian’s Cafe and HMS’s Courtyard Cafe.  The cafeteria cashiers will need to know that you are a postdoc before ringing up your purchase. The 20% discount will then register when your ID is swiped.  The discount will be applied only to cafeteria purchases made using Crimson Cash.  Value can be added to the Crimson Cash balance stored on your Harvard ID card by visiting  Please note that the list of eligible individuals is refreshed on a monthly basis, so new postdocs can expect to wait about a month before they begin to receive the discount.

Harvard Chan School  Fitness and Wellness Benefit
Harvard Chan School postdocs who have been eligible for university benefits for one year or longer are eligible for reimbursement of health club memberships as described in the Harvard Chan School Fitness and Wellness Benefit program.

Postdocs with questions regarding their benefits-eligibility should consult with their department administrator or Jennifer Moltoni, Office of Faculty Affairs (617-432-4533 /