Benefits, Facilities, and Services

Research scientists generally are full-time paid employees of the university, and are benefits-eligible.

Research scientists newly employed by Harvard must sign up for benefits within the first thirty (30) days of employment. The Benefits Office in Cambridge will send information regarding benefit plans to the research scientist’s home address. It is the responsibility of the research scientist to ensure that he/she is enrolled in any benefit plans before the 30-day enrollment period ends. Specific questions should be addressed to the university Benefits Office (617-496-4001).

As a term appointee, research scientists are appointed for a specific period of time with the understanding that vacation time will be taken during the term of the appointment. Research scientists will not be compensated for any unused vacation time, personal days, or sick days remaining at the time their appointment ends.

Below are links to more detailed information regarding benefits. These links will direct you to Harvard University policies and guidelines regarding benefits and applicable coverage. Some programs are provided at no cost, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria, while others are optional, with costs based your age and/or the amount of your coverage. Please consult a representative at the Benefits Office (617-496-4001) should you have questions about your eligibility.

Medical and Dental Insurance

Disability Coverage

Retirement Planning

Discounts and Other Perks

Harvard Chan School Fitness and Wellness Benefit

More specific benefits information is available to Harvard employees at Harvie.