Benefits for Non-Employee Postdoctoral Fellows & Visitors

NRSA Postdoctoral Fellows

NRSA Postdoctoral Fellows are recipients of National Research Service Awards (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Recipients are trainees rather than employees of the University, as mandated by the terms of the award. If you are employed by the University prior to accepting an NRSA appointment you are required to relinquish your employment and to change status from employee to trainee for the term of the grant.

  • NRSA recipients are eligible to participate in health, dental, vision, life, and long term disability insurance benefits through Garnett-Powers & Associates.
  • Individuals have 31 days from the appointment begin date to elect insurance coverage by accessing the Garnett-Powers link: https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/northwestern/
  • Premiums are paid by a combination of funds from the grant, from the University and, if family coverage is elected, from the individual member.
  • NRSA recipients are not eligible to participate in University employee plans.

Direct Funded Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows who are not affiliated with another institution and receive all funding from an external sponsoring agency could be eligible for the Direct Funded Postdoctoral Fellows plan administered by Garnett-Powers.  To be eligible, the individual's primary job code must be Postdoc Fellow Direct 107021, they cannot be paid with University funds, and they cannot be considered an employee of the University in any other form.

  • Eligible to participate in health, dental, vision, life, and long term disability insurance benefits through Garnett-Powers & Associates.
  • Individuals have 31 days from the appointment begin date to elect insurance coverage by accessing the Garnett-Powers link: https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/northwesternse/
  • Premiums will be billed directly to the individual via Garnett-Powers.
  • All J-1 visa holders must obtain their coverage through the Visiting Scholar Plan administered by Risk Management (847-491-5610).

Visiting Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows, Scholars, and Researchers

Visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, scholars, and researchers who come to Northwestern should maintain their own health coverage through their home institution as a condition of their appointment. In the event coverage from the home institution is not available, or the home institution does not have a plan that offers coverage in the Chicago and surrounding area, Northwestern University offers Visiting Non-Employee Health Coverage through an unsubsidized plan administered by Garnett-Powers. Those with an unpaid primary role of a visiting non-employee, as outlined in the below policy, are eligible for the Visiting Non-Employee plan. All J-1 visa holders must obtain their coverage through the Visiting Scholar Plan administered by Risk Management. Risk Management may be reached at 847-491-5610. Benefits begin the first of the month coinciding with or following initial eligibility.

  • Please review the Visiting Non-Employee Health Coverage Policy to determine eligibility.
  • Eligible to participate in health, dental, vision, life, and long term disability insurance benefits through Garnett-Powers & Associates.
  • Individuals have 31 days from the appointment begin date to elect insurance coverage by accessing the Garnett-Powers link: https://clients.garnett-powers.com/pd/northwesternse/
  • Premiums will be billed directly to the individual via Garnett-Powers.
  • All J-1 visa holders must obtain their coverage through the Visiting Scholar Plan administered by Risk Management (847-491-5610).

Other University Services

  • You are eligible to receive a WildCARD, enabling you to use the University Library, purchase University parking, and receive discounts on theater and athletic events.
  • You may obtain University network IDs, which provide access to e-mail and listing in the University directory.

Continuity of University Service

For NRSA Postdoctoral Fellows, University service is not accrued throughout the duration of the grant, but is held until restarting employment after the term of the grant.