Associate vs. Fellow
There are several job codes for postdoctoral scholars at the University of Minnesota. The two largest groups are postdoctoral associates and postdoctoral fellows. There are several differences between these titles, and often a postdoctoral scholar will switch back and forth between these titles based on the source of their funding. It is important to understand these differences, especially as they relate to health insurance and paying taxes.
Below is a summary of the major differences between Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. This is a side-by-side comparison that may not display correctly on mobile devices.
Salary generally covered by supervisor's grants (e.g. NIH R01 grant)
Stipend generally covered by grant awarded to the individual (e.g. NIH F32 or T32)
Considered an employee of the University
Considered a "trainee" of the university - not perfectly equivalent to a student, but in many ways treated the same as students
Federal and State income taxes can be withheld from each paycheck, W2 issued annually
Parking costs, gym membership, etc. can be automatically paid out of paychecks
No automatic payments can be made - parking costs, gym membership, etc must be paid out of pocket