Postdoc Benefits

Postdoctoral Fellows – Benefits

(revised 7/29/2015)

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  Eligibility is limited to Harvard Chan School postdocs participating in a traditional postdoctoral fellowship, ordinarily defined as individuals in training status who are working on a project under the direction of a Harvard principal investigator (Peoplesoft job codes 069591 and 069599 only). 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.

Harvard Longwood Medical Area Ombuds
The Ombudsperson is a designated neutral and, as such, does not advocate for any individual or point of view. As an impartial complaint-handler, the Ombudsperson strives to see that people are treated fairly and equitably at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The Office is independent of any existing administrative or academic structures and is responsible only to the dean of each school. The office supplements the existing resources available to members of our communities.  For more information please visit:  HMS/HSDM/HSPH Ombuds Office

English as a Second Language Program (ESL)
The Harvard Bridge Program offers noncredit professional development classes specifically designed to help post docs improve their pronunciation, communication and presentation skills. These classes are customized to meet students individual needs. Courses are offered in 12 week semesters in the fall and spring. Post docs who receive a pay check from Harvard pay an $80 materials fee. In addition to formal courses, one to one tutorials can also be arranged. Harvard affiliated post docs who are not paid by Harvard can also register for our classes, but will be required to pay the full tuition rate of $800/course.  For more information, please visit:  The Harvard Bridge Program

In addition to the Bridge Program, the Office of Faculty Affairs also offers ESL workshops that are free of charge in the Fall and Spring semesters.  The size of these workshops are limited to 12 participants, and post docs and other annual appointees are eligible to participate.  An email will be sent when registration for these workshops have begun.

Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program
Harvard has contracted with the nationally recognized Wellness Corporation (known within the University as Harvard’s EAP) to connect faculty and staff with a rich network of resources that can help employees manage the competing demands of work and life. Meanwhile, Harvard still provides extensive services internally. Visit HARVie to learn about Harvard’s Office of Work/Life Resources, and how to access additional services at Harvard (Harvard University uername and password are required).

Harvard’s International SOS Travel Assistance Program
Harvard’s International SOS Travel Assistance Program
Harvard’s International SOS (I-SOS) provides 24-hour, worldwide emergency medical care and security evacuation services when traveling abroad. Postdocs traveling on University/School business or related activities to their professional work at SPH are covered. Please note, personal travel, including vacations or travel home to visit family is NOT covered. Visit Harvard’s Risk Management site for more information and to sign-up.

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