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Non-Employee Benefits

Visiting Faculty, Scholars, and Researchers Plan

Visiting faculty, scholars, and researchers who come to Northwestern should maintain their own health coverage through their home institution as a condition of their appointment. In the event coverage from the home institution is not available, or the home institution does not have a plan that offers coverage in the Chicago and surrounding area, Northwestern University offers Visiting Non-Employee Health Coverage through an unsubsidized plan administered by Gallagher. Those with an unpaid primary role of a visiting non-employee, as outlined in the below policy, are eligible for the Visiting Non-Employee plan. All J-1 visa holders must obtain their coverage through the Visiting Scholar Plan administered by Risk Management. Risk Management may be reached at 847-491-5610. Benefits begin the first of the month coinciding with or following initial eligibility.

Please note, visiting faculty, scholars, and researchers who ARE NOT visiting from another institution are not eligible for this benefit program.

NRSA Post-baccalaureate Trainee

NRSA Post-baccalaureate Trainees receive a stipend through the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Recipients are trainees rather than employees of the University, as mandated by the terms of the award. If you are employed by the University prior to accepting an NRSA appointment you are required to relinquish your employment and to change status from employee to trainee for the term of the grant.  To be eligible, the individual's primary job code must be NRSA Post-Baccalaureate Trainee 107367.


Those who meet age and service criteria will be offered a one-time enrollment period in which they may enroll in University sponsored retiree plans.  See the Retiree Website for more information.

Non-employee Postdoctoral Trainees

Post Doctoral Fellows appointed on at least a half-time basis are eligible to participate in the postdoctoral benefit plans. Postdoctoral Trainees must hold an appointment that is full-time (2 quarters or 1 semester) for half the academic year or at least half-time for the entire academic year to be benefits-eligible.  For more information, see the postdoctoral benefits plan webpage.