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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Mentors


Postdoctoral Affairs Information for Faculty Mentors


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is here to help both faculty mentors and postdoctoral appointees during the postdoc’s training period. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is responsible for:

  • Processing all postdoctoral appointments
  • Maintaining an active postdoctoral database
  • Managing the new postdoctoral onboarding process with the Baylor Department of Human Resources
  • Providing guidance on postdoctoral policies and procedures
  • Internal and external reporting

Postdoctoral Appointments


Mentoring is key to the success of postdocs and their career development. Baylor College of Medicine is committed to supporting faculty mentors in providing a meaningful postdoctoral training experience.

Postdoctoral researchers at Baylor are defined as follows:

A postdoctoral fellow is a research postdoctoral who receives a stipend from a specific fellowship or traineeship to support their training at Baylor College of Medicine.

A postdoctoral associate is a research postdoctoral who receives a stipend through grants or other funds that are not specifically designated fellowships or traineeships.

A visiting postdoctoral fellow is a research postdoctoral who holds a primary appointment at another institution but is visiting Baylor College of Medicine for research training. Visiting postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend and benefits from their primary institution.


Training and Research Grants


PIs are required, on all NIH grants, to describe how IDPs are used to help manage the training and career development of postdoctoral associates and fellows. The IDP process developed by the college and used by our postdocs will help faculty mentors complete progress reports for training and research grants.

See the IDP section for more information regarding the IDP process.


Mentor-Mentee Compact


Baylor College of Medicine has adopted the AAMC Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors. The compact is a guide about the responsibilities of both the mentor and mentee.


Individual Development Plans


The IDP helps the postdoc and mentor set clear expectations and identify milestones to help the trainee achieve specific research objectives in the areas of publications, presentations, and science. Learn more.