Topics covered on this page:
- Contact for questions about postdoctoral Issues
- Eligibility to be a PI on a grant
- Eligibility for US student loan deferment
- Tax information
- Enrolling in courses at Georgia Tech
- Training on animal care (IACUC)
- Videos of professional development workshops
Who should I contact with questions about postdoctoral issues that aren't covered on this website?
Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Post-doc employee may be designated as a Co-PD/Co-PI.”
Are postdocs at Georgia Tech eligible for US student loan deferment?
Usually student or trainee status is required to be eligible for deferment of US student loans. You should check with the policy of the individual program to be sure.
Anyone with the job title "Postdoctoral Fellow" or "Brittain Fellow" at Georgia Tech has employee status (as this provides the employee benefits options). Postdoctoral Fellows and Brittain Fellows do not have a trainee or student status.
Scholars who receive a stipend via a postdoctoral fellowship or training grant may have trainee status, depending on the policy of the funding agency. Most scholars in this situation have "Affiliate" status in the Georgia Tech Directory.
Where can I find information about taxes?
- Tax information from OHR
- Foreign national tax compliance from Global HR
- Estimated Tax information from the IRS - Fellowship recipients who receive a stipend that is not subject to tax withholding may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments.
- Tax information for Postdocs from the National Postdoctoral Association
As a Postdoctoral Fellow, can I enroll in courses at Georgia Tech?
To enroll in courses, you have to be admitted Georgia Tech student. In order for a postdoctoral fellow to enroll, he/she must first apply to become a non-degree seeking student using the procedure detailed here.
International scholars holding J1 exchange visitor visas usually cannot take classes because that is one of the terms of the exchange visitor program on campus.
Where do I get training to handle animals as a part of my research?
- Visit the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) website.
- Go the “required training” section, and click on the “online CITI training course” link. This takes you to the CITI website where you can complete training modules.
- Go to the forms section of the IACUC website and download the appropriate form (usually “IACUC Amendment to Add or Delete Personnel on Protocol”). Each form details which CITI training modules you are required to complete. Once you’ve finished the training modules, your PI will submit that form to IACUC.
- If you have any questions, the IACUC contacts are listed here.
Are videos of any past professional development workshops available online?
We're planning to video tape sessions in the future. Meanwhile, we've compiled a page of online videos and webinars from Georgia Tech and other organizations here.