Frequently Asked Questions

Can a postdoc be a principal investigator (PI) on a grant?

Postdocs can be the PI on individual postdoctoral fellowships (NIH F32 Individual postdoctoral fellowships, NSF postdoctoral fellowships, fellowships from private agencies, etc.), under the mentorship of a faculty member. For all other grants, the Office of Sponsored Projects PI/PD Eligibility Policy states that, "At the recommendation of the appropriate school chair/department head, a postdoc employee may be designated as a Co-PD/Co-PI.”

Will accepting a fellowship affect my employment status or benefits?

Many postdoctoral fellowships and training grants do come with conditions that affect Tech employment status and benefits. For a consultation about how fellowship conditions might affect you, email

Will accepting a fellowship affect my visa status?

It depends of the terms of the fellowship and the visa. Before accepting a fellowship, international scholars should check with the appropriate office (Office of International Education for F1/J1 visas or Global HR for H1B visas) for a consultation on whether the fellowship will affect the visa status.

Does Tech have any awards/sources/funds to which a postdoc can apply for assistance with travel, conferences, or professional development?

The only campuswide source of travel funds for postdocs are the Georgia Tech Postdoctoral Research Symposium awards.

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