Postdocs and Visiting Scholars
Postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars enrich the Cornell community in many ways and often speak of the rewarding academic opportunities they find at Cornell. Yet it is not uncommon for these scholars to experience stress during their time at Cornell. They come to Ithaca from many different countries and for varying lengths of time, and the stressors they encounter vary as well.
Examples of common stressors include:
- Difficulty adjusting to new climate/environment
- Separation from family or other support networks
- Financial pressures
- Parenting or relationship pressures
- High expectations of self or others
- Problems with a supervisor or collaborator
- Language barriers
- Loss of funding or grant opportunities
- Anxiety related to current assignment ending
It can take time for postdocs and visiting scholars to make connections and find resources. The staff at FSAP can provide confidential consultation—on the phone or in person—and help you learn about your options on-campus or in the community.
FSAP services also are available to the partners and spouses of eligible employees.
If English is not your first language and you would be more comfortable using your native language to talk about personal concerns, please be aware that FSAP has a language assistance service that provides translation while protecting your privacy.
Programs and services for post-docs
Cornell offers an array of benefits and opportunities for post-doctoral fellows and associates. Visit the Office of Postdoctoral Studies to learn more.