Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

WUSTL Diversity & Inclusion

The framework for change: details the infrastructure to support and cultivate a stronger climate of diversity and inclusion at WashU.

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – School of Medicine

Provides diversity, equity and inclusion assistance and resources to the faculty, staff, trainees and students of the School of Medicine.

Office of Inclusion and Diversity – Department of Internal Medicine

The Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia (MEDA) Program will provide trainees with support, resources, personalized guidance, and engaging opportunities they need to become successful at WUSM and in their future careers.

Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Works with existing diversity, equity, inclusion, climate, and culture offices, initiatives, and entities across the university serving as a catalyst for this work across the institution.  You can Engage & Learn with the Academy. 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) 

Washington University became an Institutional Member of NCFDD, an independent organization that is nationally recognized for its provision of online research productivity, academic mentoring, and career development resources. Through our Institutional Membership, all Washington University faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and trainees can enroll in a free, Individual Membership.

Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The CDI supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community partners, and promotes dialogue and social change among all students. The CDI curates self-study guides that postdocs can use to begin or continue your social justice education.

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International Postdocs

Welcome to Washington University and St. Louis! Over half of our postdocs are international and we recognize that relocating to a foreign country can be overwhelming, isolating, and confusing. We are committed to helping you meet these challenges and making the most of your time here.

To get started, visit this page on Living in St. Louis. The City of St. Louis is home to many international communities and has a long and welcoming history.

Have questions about finding a doctor? Visit our Integrating Life, Family & Work page.

Once you arrive on campus, your departmental administrator will register your for the monthly New Postdoc Orientation through Human Resources. There you will meet a WashU Postdoc Society (WUPS) representative and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) Director. In addition to WUPS, consider joining a campus group around a common interest to network and build your professional skills.

The Office of International Students & Scholars

The Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) provides a variety of resources for international students and scholars. The OISS provides social, cultural and academic support; information on governmental regulations including income taxes; and facilitates cross-cultural understanding within our university and the St. Louis area.


All postdoc visas are handled first at the department level and then by OISS. If you need to apply for or renew a visa, please speak to your department administrator first. If you are planning to leave the country for a conference or for vacation, check with your department administrator and OISS to see what paperwork or requirements are necessary to ensure you can safely return to the U.S.

English Language Skills

For information about the types of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses offered and how to choose an appropriate level, visit the ESL website. ESL courses are offered through University College and include a variety of writing, speaking and biomedical-specific classes. The Postdoc Tuition Benefit allows benefits eligible Postdoctoral Appointees to take up to four undergraduate credits at UCollege per semester for career development purposes only, including improving speaking and presentation skills.

The St. Louis Public Library offers free English as a Second Language Practice Sessions. Visit their website and select “Events” for current locations, dates and times.

The International Institute of St. Louis also offers English classes.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project works to support the international communities in our city. They provide support services and connections for new international residents.

National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has an International Postdoc Survival Guide and their International Officers that advise and advocate for postdoctoral issues.

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National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. The mission of the NPA is to advance the U.S. research enterprise by maximizing the effectiveness of the research community and enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants.

Washington University in St. Louis is a sustaining member of the NPA. Postdoctoral appointees at WashU may join the NPA for free as an affiliate, non-voting member by registering using their @wustl.edu email address.

The NPA also hosts an Annual Conference every spring and travel awards are available. The OPA and WUPS regularly participate in the annual conference to share ideas and learn about best practices to support WashU postdocs.

Washington University in St. Louis was proud to host the 2014 National Postdoctoral Association April 4-6, 2014 at the WU School of Medicine Campus.

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The Office of the Ombuds offers a safe setting for postdocs to discuss research and/or other university-related concerns. Reasons postdocs visit the ombuds include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpersonal disputes
  • Washington University policies and procedures
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Abrasive conduct, incivility, or problematic behavior
  • Harassment or discrimination
  • Threats or retaliation
  • Working conditions
  • Administrative roadblocks or bureaucratic runarounds
  • Career progression and development
  • Research-related matters including authorship, proprietorship, conflict of interest, or scientific misconduct
  • Unfair treatment
  • Health and safety
  • Funding

Washington University also has the SAFE Reporting system which allows university community members to report professionalism accolades or concerns about the learning environment.

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Postdoc Update

The Postdoc Update is produced by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) for all postdocs to update them on resources, events, and important announcements. All postdocs will automatically begin receiving the bi-weekly Postdoc Update newsletter shortly after arrival.

This is our primary method of communication, so we encourage you to read our emails!

If you have announcements, events, news, or a postdoc spotlight submission, please send them to postdoc@email.wustl.edu. Add us to your address book so it doesn’t go to spam.


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Disclaimer: Washington University is not able to provide specific assistance with filing taxes and provides the following resources for informational purposes. Consult a tax lawyer or other professional for specific questions regarding your unique situation. 

Anyone who works in the U.S. is required to file an income tax return including U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals. Non-immigrant visa holders who are considered tax exempt are also required to file a return. In addition, when non-immigrant visa holders complete a project in the U.S. and return home, they are still expected to file a tax return for the calendar year during which they left the U.S..

Generally speaking those with employee status (Postdoctoral Research Associate) will have taxes withheld from their paychecks, while those with non-employee status (Postdoctoral Research Scholar) will not.

The most common taxes withheld from a salary are U.S. Federal Income Tax, Missouri State Income Tax, St. Louis City Earnings Tax, and Social Security (FICA) / Medicare tax. For information on U.S. Federal Taxes, please visit the Internal Revenue Service website. For information on Missouri state taxes, please go to the Department of Revenue website.

Estimated Taxes

If you are a Postdoctoral Research Scholar, taxes may not be withheld from your paychecks. In this case, you will need to file and pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis by the following schedule:

For the period of:Taxes due:
 January 1 thru March 31 April 15
 April 1 thru May 31 June 15
 June 1 thru August 31 September 15
 September 1 thru December 31 January 15 of the following year

For more information on how to file estimated taxes, please access the IRS website and search for “Estimated Taxes.”

Tax Resources

The WashU Tax Office: key tax issues for non-employee stipend recipients – Postdoctoral Research Scholars.

OISS has information for international students and scholars on their website.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA):

Personal Finance for PhDs – Tax Center

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