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Postdoctoral Scholar Groups & Associations

 If you are interested in hosting an postdoc event or pursuing the formation of a new postdoc group, please contact the Associate Director for Programs in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

National Postdoc Groups

The following institutional memberships available to Stanford postdocs at no charge:

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) - to sign up, go to and select "Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc"  to join.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity - To sign up, go to and provide your Stanford email address to gain access to a host of resources.   

On-Campus Postdoc Groups

Stanford has an active community of postdoctoral scholars across six Stanford schools. The following is a list of the current postdoc groups on campus.

Stanford University Postdoc Association (SURPAS)

SURPAS, formerly known as SUPD, is the umbrella organization of all postdoctoral scholars at Stanford. SURPAS' mission is to work with university administration in enriching the lives and the career development of postdocs. SURPAS has an extensive website with resources for prospective as well as current postdocs, as well as useful information for international scholars. SURPAS organizes social as well as academic events.

Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H) Postdoc Society

Stanford ChEM-H, an interdisciplinary institute that aims to connect chemistry, engineering and medicine for human health, is establishing a postdoc society with the aim of bringing together researchers from across the university to share interests and ideas. Meetings will be held twice monthly, and will include opportunities to share your work with your colleagues over lunch or drinks, to discuss ideas or articles that interest you, and hopefully to meet other researchers with common interests with whom you can generate new ideas and collaborations.

Stanford Black Postdoc Association

The Black Postdoc Association seeks to  build a community among the black postdocs here at Stanford, that will lead to a valuable professional network to support and promote diversity. It is our goal to provide information about opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars, grants/fellowships, travel awards and volunteer opportunities related to issues of diversity. Join our mailing list.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (oSTEM@Stanford)

oSTEM@Stanford is part of the national student (and postdoc) society dedicated to increasing the participation and visibility of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) in disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Science and Engineering Graduate Women’s Association (SEGWA)

SEGWA is the umbrella organization for all graduate women in science and engineering at Stanford University. Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary communication and collaboration between women and women's organizations for increased efficiency and impact of organizational efforts. Stanford students have formed women's groups in many science and engineering departments, sponsoring a variety of community resources such as seminars, mentor programs, and social events. SEGWA strives to help individual students and groups publicize and secure funding for events, start new events and groups, and advocate for academic and student life initiatives. Groups affiliated with SEGWA are:

Academic Careers in Europe (ACE)

This nascent group holds events highlighting the academic job search process in Europe. If you are interested, join their mailing list and their LinkedIn group.

Stanford Latinx Postdoc Association (SLPA)

The Stanford Latinx Postdoc Association is your comunidad on campus! We strive to improve, enhance, and enrich the Latinx postdoctoral experience at Stanford. We welcome postdocs from all departments to join us in community building, professional development, and networking. We are here to support the presence and growth of our community through the promotion of diversity and inclusion in higher education. Join our mailing list.

LGBTQ Postdoc Group

Join our mailing list for information about events and group-related resources and activities for members.

Trans Grads & Postdocs

A community of trans graduates students and postdocs, providing a space for them to connect with each other. The group gathers for official events about once per month, and the email list serves as a means for members of the community to connect with one another. Join our mailing list. Contact: Callum Bobb.

Other Postdoc Groups Outside of Stanford University:

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Postdoctorate Leaders Section is part of the Group on Graduate Research Education and Training (GREAT). The Postdoctorate Section focuses on policy issues related to postdoctoral education in the biosciences, to enhance the quality of postdoctoral research training and professional development by providing a forum for faculty members and administrative officials responsible for postdoctoral matters at LCME-accredited medical schools and teaching hospitals.