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External Professional Development Program


The External Postdoc Development Training Program has been set up to support and supplement the general Postdoctoral Development Portfolio. The program has been renewed for our Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). This program will continue until September 30, 2019 or until program funds have been exhausted, whichever comes first. To process in time for the end of fiscal year, we ask all requests for FY19, be submitted no later than August 31, 2019.

Eligible Participants

Berkeley Lab Postdocs in title codes Special Postdoc-Employee R32.0, Postdoc Employee R32.1, Interim Postdoc Employee R32.2, Affiliate Postdoc- Stipend Pay R32.3, and Affiliate Postdoc-Paid Direct R32.4. Postdocs must be in a valid, current appointment at the time the training course is taken.

Training Types Eligible for Reimbursement

Berkeley Lab will reimburse Postdocs for one training up to $500. The training must be offered by a UC, National Lab, accredited organization, or other learning institution where you could receive general career development training. Other examples may be courses offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Postdoc Association (NPA), etc. The training must be specifically intended for Postdoc, Graduate or higher level. They must be general career development courses, not courses related to the Postdoc’s discipline. The training must cover material outside of LBNL courses or not available to the Postdoc during their Postdoc appointment to be eligible for reimbursement. If a similar course to that being requested is available at LBNL within the Postdoc’s appointment, the request may be denied.

Submitting for Reimbursement

First, please email the Postdoc Program Manager, Meg Rodriguez, for pre-approval of the course in which you would like to enroll. Once you have received an email approval, you may purchase the course. Once you have paid for the course and have the receipt, you may submit for reimbursement. Please note your receipt should reflect form of payment and show that the paymenet was accepted. The reimbursement request will be submitted by Google formPostdocs must attach their receipt to the Google form. The Postdoc Program Manager will submit for reimbursement on your behalf through the eRFIC process.

Contact Information
Postdoc Program Manager- Meg Rodriguez
Email :
Phone: (510) 486-6294