The MIT Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a postdoc-led organization with the goal of providing support for over 1,500 postdoctoral trainees appointed in 50 departments at MIT. The PDA is structured according to the guidelines provided by the National Postdoctoral Association for forming and maintaining a PDA and supported by the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research.


The MIT Postdoctoral Association seeks to establish a self-sustaining organization that will support all MIT postdoctoral trainees during their professional research training and career development. The MIT PDA will serve as a liaison between postdoctoral trainees and the faculty and administration of MIT, and strives to engage with and improve the MIT community. The MIT PDA seeks to enhance all aspects of the postdoctoral training experience, and foster a sense of community which promotes and encourages an environment of peer support. The MIT PDA will continually aid incoming postdoctoral trainees as they integrate into the MIT community as well as continue to maintain an alumni network of past postdocs. The MIT PDA will not discriminate based on race, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation,  gender expression, or gender identity.

Programs & Opportunities

  • Social, Professional Development, Sports, and Community Building Activities: Check out the PDA activities calendar for upcoming activities organized by the various PDA committees.
  • Postdoc Orientation: Meet other new postdocs and learn about postdoc-specific benefits at MIT in this in-person orientation session led by the Postdoc Association.
  • POWER: Professional and personal development support specific to women who want to pursue advanced careers in science and industry, and supports and advocates for women postdocs in all aspects of their professional training at MIT.
  • Funding: Provides a range of information on funding, including postdoc Initiative Grants, and fellowships.