Benefits

Postdoctoral Scholars

Garnett-Powers & Associates is the broker/administrator for the Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan.

Garnett-Powers Customer Service: 1 800.254.1758

University of California Postdoctoral Scholars with the following title codes are eligible for a package of benefits designed specifically for them.

Title code 3252 Employee
Used when a Postdoctoral Scholar is paid through the University payroll system

Title code 3253 - Fellow
Used when a fellowship has been awarded by an extramural agency and paid through a University account

Title code 3254 - Paid Direct
Used when a fellowship or traineeship has been awarded by an extramural agency, and the agency pays the Postdoctoral Scholar directly

Benefits Eligibility

To qualify for this benefit package, a Postdoctoral Scholar’s appointment must be 50% for one year or more, or 100% for 3 months. Postdoctoral Scholars may be assigned to more than one Postdoctoral title concurrently depending on extramural funding agency requirements. Additionally, Postdoctoral Scholars may be assigned a lecturer title up to 50% concurrently with a Postdoctoral title code at 50%; BELI code must be P. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by Graduate Division.  

Make sure you are using the correct title code for benefits purposes since the Staff/Academic benefits are completely different than Postdoctoral Scholars.

Benefits Information and Enrollment

Garnett-Powers & Associates is the broker/administrator for the Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan.

Go to the Garnett-Powers website to find:

  • Enrollment instructions and forms
  • Descriptions of insurance benefits
  • Cost of insurance plans
  • Information for J-1 and J-2 visa holders

Newly appointed Postdoctoral Scholars have 31 days from their first day at work (date of hire) to enroll in or opt out of benefits.  Postdoctoral Scholars who arrive on campus after their hire date have a second 31-day period of eligibility that begins on their first day on campus. 

Family members arriving from foreign countries after the Postdoctoral Scholar can be enrolled in benefits when they arrive in California.  The Postdoctoral Scholar has a 31-day period of eligiblity that begins on the date the family members arrives in California to add them to their benefit plans.

Your Appointment Letter includes information about your benefits including how to enroll. Please read the information carefully and follow the instructions to enroll in the benefits plans that pertain to your appointment and title code within the required time period.  

If you were a Postdoc at another UC campus and/or are covered by a spouse’s UC insurance, please inform the Benefits Coordinator prior to enrolling in benefits.

Making Benefit Changes

Many of life’s events can have an important impact on your benefits.  You have 31 days from most qualifying events to make changes to your UC benefits.  Review your benefits if you have life events such as:

  • Adding a family member through marriage, domestic partnership, birth or adoption
  • De-enrolling a family member because of divorce, separation, end of domestic partnership, death of a family member, or over-age children
  • Leaves of absence
  • Job Changes including location change, layoff or termination

Go to Enrollment section of  the Garnett-Powers website for information about  “How to Make Changes to your Current Enrollment due to a Qualifying Event”.

Retirement Savings Plans

  • Defined Contribution Plan [DC Plan]  University of California Postdoctoral Scholar Employees (3252) who are not otherwise covered by a retirement system contribute to the University of California DC Plan in lieu of paying Social Security taxes at 7.5% rate of your wages, pre-tax.  Participation in the plan is mandatory as a condition of employment.  Nonresident aliens with F-1 or J-1 visa status are exempt from the mandatory DC Plan participation. For more information see Retirement Savings Safe Harbor
  • In addition, Postdoctoral Scholars appointed in title code 3252 (Employee) are eligible to participate in the voluntary Retirement Savings Programs, 403(b) and/or 457(b), administered by Fidelity Retirement Services

For more information about Retirement Savings Programs, go the Retirement & Savings section of the Benefits website.

  • Postdoctoral Scholars appointed in title codes 3253 and 3254 (Fellows or Paid Directs) are NOT eligible to participate in the Retirement Savings Programs.

Collective Bargaining Policies and Procedures

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is the exclusive representative of UC Postdoctoral Scholars on all campuses.

Information about this union representation can be found at Postdoctoral Scholar Unit (PX).

Information about additional policies and procedure can be found on the Graduate Division website.

 

Coordinator, UCSB Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Program
Rachel Miles
805.893.4263
Human Resources/Benefits, SAASB 3101
 

Information presented on this site is not a guarantee of benefits. It is a summary intended for communication purposes.