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  • Open Comment Period: June 8 - June 21, 2022

Comments Jun 7, 2022 4:15 pm

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.

The appointment process listed in 4a for UIUC is not correct. Postdoctoral fellow appointments are made through the individual units, not the Graduate College. 

Additionally, the definition section is confusing. The descriptor "individuals who have received a doctoral or terminal degree and are engaged in a temporary and defined period of advanced mentored training to enhance their professional skills and/or research independence needed to pursue their chosen career paths" describes both postdoctoral fellows and postdoctoral research associates and is based on the 2007 NSF and NIH definition ( The framing here suggests that describes only fellows. The employee/non-employee distinction in sub-points 2 and 3 is the fundamental element between the two appointment categories. 

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