A summary of these differences can be found here (scroll to the bottom of the page to view the "POST-DOC ASSOCIATES VS. POST-DOC FELLOWS" table)
The definitions of a Postdoctoral Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow are articulated in the University of Florida Regulations, 7.003: Academic Personnel Employment Plan: Academic Appointments, Types of Appointments, Appointment Status Modifiers, and Academic-Administrative Classification Titles.
Postdoctoral Associate (Specialty OPS title). The appointee shall have received the doctorate in a field appropriate to the assigned duties and responsibilities. This appointment is used when the individual renders compensable services to the University and is assigned specific duties and responsibilities. Such appointments are temporary, and appointees to these specialty OPS titles shall have no continuing contractual relationship with the University. Postdoctoral associates may be appointed for up to four (4) years. Appointments of the postdoctoral associate beyond four (4) years will acquire approval of the Senior Vice President of the area requesting the appointment.
Postdoctoral Fellow. The appointee shall have received the doctorate in a field appropriate to the position offered. The appointment is for the individual’s further experience in research and teaching and is generally limited to two (2) or three (3) years. To qualify for a fellowship exemption under the Federal income tax laws, no assigned duties and responsibilities or services can be required other than those which are an integral part of the Fellow’s program in research and teaching. Appointees to these positions shall have no continuing contractual relationship with the University.
Postdoctoral Associate New Hires & Transfer Benefits
University of Florida employees on a Postdoctoral Associate appointment may enroll in benefits once the Postdoc’s job is in the myUFL system. Enrollment must be completed within 60 days of the employee’s date of hire.
Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows transferring to other positions at the University of Florida in the near future should contact University Benefits at (352) 392-2477 as soon as possible for information on health insurance eligibility and enrollment.
Postdoctoral Fellow Benefits
Post-doc fellows are eligible to participate in the UnitedHealthCare StudentResources health insurance plan as visiting scholars. To enroll, please contact Scarborough Insurance at (352) 377-2002 within 60 days of appointment start date.
Updated June 2018