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Health and Wellness Resources for Postdocs

Health Insurance

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Many postdoctoral research associates are eligible for benefits, including health insurance.  For more information on who qualifies for benefits, read the section on Benefits Eligibility.  If you are uncertain about your eligibility for benefits, contact the human resources person in your department. Learn more about the health insurance options for benefits-eligible employees.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for health insurance benefits through the State of Illinois.  Fellows may request reimbursement for premiums according to these guidelines.

Dental and Vision Insurance

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Postdoctoral research associates who are eligible for benefits also qualify for the vision and dental insurance programs. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows also can receive vision and dental coverage.  Learn more about the plans and providers for vision and dental coverage. Please disregard information on these pages about how to enroll.  Instead, complete the form “Postdoctoral Fellow Dental & Vision Care Information Sheet” on this page and submit to the human resources or the business office in your unit. You must reapply for coverage each year. The plan year begins September 1.

Faculty/Staff Assistance Program

The University of Illinois’ Faculty/Staff Assistance Program offers free, personal, professional, and confidential assistance to faculty, staff, retirees, and members of their household who are experiencing problems that interfere with their personal well-being or their ability to work.

Campus Recreation

All postdoctoral scholars may purchase memberships to use the Campus Rec services, including the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE). Postdoctoral fellows are not able to use the payroll deduction and will need to pay Campus Rec directly.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides resources, programs and referrals to support healthy living on topics like nutrition, exercise and financial wellness to faculty, staff and students.