Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

Benefits for Non NRSA Postdocs (Postdoctoral Research and Postdoctoral Fellows)



The Coping First Aid (CFA) program, hosted on Penn COBALT, serves as a resource for individuals who want to speak to someone for support but are not sure they want or need therapy. 

CFA coaches are trained to address a variety of concerns including those that are work-related, or other stressors, such as being new to Philadelphia, experiencing stress in the family, and much more. Coaches provide a listening ear, assess for needs and concerns, and facilitate access to resources, including therapy and other psychological services, when necessary. CFA is free, has flexible scheduling, including during and outside of work hours and is always confidential.  

To sign up with a coach, click here and select a time that works for you. You will receive an email confirmation that contains a bluejeans link for your call. 

Please note that only UPenn, Wistar, and Monell postdocs are eligible to use this resource currently.


The Division of Human Resources has teamed up with Penn Campus Recreation to offer major fitness membership discounts to full-time, benefits-eligible University faculty and staff as well as benefits-eligible postdoctoral researchers and fellows. You can save 50% or more on memberships during the 2023-2024 fiscal year.*

The Human Resources/Campus Recreation membership program gives you two ways to save: 

Monthly Membership for $27.50/month
If you prefer more flexibility, choose a monthly recurring Faculty/Staff membership with a six-month minimum commitment to save 50% off the regular fee. You’ll save $165.

10-Month Membership for $250
Stretch your commitment to well-being and enjoy more savings with a 10-month membership for a one-time payment of $250. This deal, available for purchase exclusively from September 1 to September 30, 2023, saves you $250.

To learn more about fitness membership discounts, check out the Penn Faculty/Staff Pilot Membership Program section of Penn Campus Recreation’s Membership FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please email

For more wellness resources, visit the Penn Healthy You web pages.


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