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Welcome to Northwestern University

Welcome to Northwestern University. We’ve created this page to provide you with information and links to resources regarding orientation, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), NU listservs and communications, as well as information for International Scholars.

OPA Orientation & Resources Fairs

The Graduate School (TGS) and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) invites all postdoctoral fellows, especially those new to Northwestern, to attend the OPA Orientation & Resource Fairs specifically designed for postdoctoral fellows. These are held on each campus in October and April of each year.  Representatives from offices across the University are present at each of these events and ready to introduce themselves and their services to support your research and training at Northwestern! Check the the Latest News & Events for the next offering!

New Employee Orientations - Human Resources

For a schedule of the New Employee Orientation and the Annual New Employee Reception, please visit the Office of Human Resources’ new employee webpage.

Visit the OPA

Northwestern University and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are here to support your postdoctoral training.  If you have any questions or need extra help as you are settling into the NU community, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Communications from the OPA Listserv

Upon arrival at Northwestern, you will automatically be added to the postdoctoral e-mail list, so that you will receive regular e-mail updates from the OPA. You do not need to actively join any list in order to receive our communications.

The OPA also utilizes a listserv to communicate event announcements and periodic updates to faculty members and staff who are involved in postdoctoral training and programming.  If you would like to recommend the OPA listserv to other members of your department, program or center, ask them to: 

  • Send a plain text e-mail to
  • Do NOT put anything in the subject line of the e-mail
  • In the body of the e-mail type using your first and last name to fill in the spots of “Firstname” and “Lastname”: SUBSCRIBE OPA-MEMBERS Firstname Lastname

Other Northwestern Listservs

Northwestern University has a variety of groups and organizations that may be of interest to postdoctoral scholars. To find these various listservs and a brief description of the group, please go to the Northwestern Listserv Quick Reference Page to find directions and a link to login.  You will need a NetID and password to access the Listserv page.