Benefits for Postdoctoral Scholars


UCSF offers its postdoctoral scholars a comprehensive benefits package. All postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to view the  "UC Postdoc Benefits Overview presentation” to make informed decisions about benefits.


New postdocs must complete their insurance enrollment within 31 days from their hire date or date of new eligibility. Please login to your UCPath portal to enroll or make changes to your benefits.

If you have questions on how to enroll or make changes to your benefits, please contact UCPath at 855-982-7284 or via email at [email protected].

Note for postdoctoral scholars who transition to a faculty appointment: A postdoctoral scholar who transitions to a faculty appointment must enroll in faculty/staff health benefits within their new 31-day PIE via the UCPath employee self-service portal. 

The faculty/staff health benefits will become primary as of the effective date of the new faculty appointment. If the faculty appointment begins mid-month, special coordination may need to happen to ensure the use of PSBP benefits are discontinued. If you are a postdoc transitioning to a staff or faculty appointment, please attend a Faculty/Staff Benefits Overview within your PIE to ensure you are equipped to make informed decisions about your new benefit options.

Get assistance

Health Care Facilitator Program

Need individual help selecting a medical plan, or have a hassle with your current medical plan or access to medical care? Contact the Health Care Facilitator Program to arrange your personal consultation or get assistance. The Health Care Facilitator Program also can assist you with a variety of issues other than benefits eligibility or enrollment.

UCSF Benefits Office

For assistance learning more about your post-doc benefits package or dealing with escalated benefits enrollment or eligibility issues, please contact Sharon Mendonca ([email protected] or 415-476-6529), postdoc, residents and clinical fellows benefits analyst.