Frequently Asked Questions

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.”

Usually, student or trainee status is required to be eligible for deferment of U.S. 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.

To enroll in courses, you have to be an admitted Tech student. In order for a postdoc to enroll, he/she must first apply to become a nondegree seeking student using the procedure detailed here

International scholars holding J1 exchange visitor visas usually cannot take classes, because that's one of the terms of the exchange visitor program on campus.

  • Visit the Institutional Animal Care and 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.

We're planning to video tape sessions in the future. Meanwhile, we've compiled a page of online videos and webinars from Tech and other organizations here.

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

The Grievance Pathways document provides guidance on where you can report various issues. Confidential consultations are available via the Ombuds Program.

Frequently Asked Questions