Postdoctoral Fellows Program funding

Postdoctoral Fellows Program funding

Learn about the program funding (including salary, health insurance, and research budget) available for Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows.


Applications are closed for the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program and The Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Please check back in fall 2022 for information about 2023 programs.


Funding for a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship consists of an annual salary starting at $54,000 and a one-time $25,000 research budget to cover:

  • Relocation expenses ($2,000 maximum, first year only)
  • Research supplies
  • Facility use/service charges
  • Equipment
  • Training workshops
  • Support for interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Travel between collaborating institutions
  • Travel to scientific/technical meetings

Health insurance

Beckman Institute postdoctoral fellows are hired as postdoctoral research associates, and therefore may be eligible for University of Illinois health insurance benefits through the state of Illinois. For visa holders, benefits eligibility is contingent on passing the substantial presence test and if you are considered a resident for tax purposes after meeting with the university payroll office.

Tax information

Tax information is available online.

Foreign nationals

The postdoctoral fellowship is a form of employment. The Beckman Institute is able to provide H-1B or J-1 visa sponsorship for those individuals who are selected to the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and are eligible for said sponsorship. For more information about the H-1B visa, please email

The following general information regarding J-1 visas is provided to help determine eligibility for J-1 status. Should you have any questions concerning this information, email

Individuals in J-1 Research Scholar status may remain in the United States for a maximum of five years. Individuals are responsible for understanding regulations associated with the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement, the Twelve-Month Rule, and the Two-Year Bar. This information is especially important for individuals who have been in J-1 status prior to applying to the Beckman Institute Fellowship program.

  • Two-Year Home Residency Requirement: Some J-1 exchange visitors are required to return either to their country of nationality or country of legal permanent residence and to live there for a period of two years after their J program ends, and before they can obtain certain U.S. visas and immigration benefits. The purpose of this requirement is to provide the home country with the benefit of the exchange visitor’s experience in the United States.
  • Twelve-Month Rule: If individuals have been in any J-1 or J-2 exchange visitor status for more than six months, they cannot return to the U.S. as a Professor or Research Scholar until 12 months have passed from the end of their previous J program. The time is calculated according to their entry and departure dates.
  • Two-Year Bar: Individuals in the J-1 Research Scholar or Professor category have a two-year bar on repeat participation in those categories. This bar applies to anyone in one of these categories as of Nov. 18, 2006. The bar becomes effective when your program as a Research Scholar or Professor becomes inactive.

For more information on J-1 visa sponsorship and status regulations, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.

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