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Visiting Scholar
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About VSPA

 

Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) is the central UC Berkeley unit for administrative guidance, support, and resources for postdoc scholars and the visiting researcher community. Supporting thousands of scholars and students each year, the VSPA plans, implements, and evaluates training, professional development, and wellness initiatives that add value to the UC Berkeley research experience. Established in 1994, the VSPA is one of the first postdoc offices in the nation, and the first within the University of California.  

 

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Upcoming Events

 
 
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COMMUNITY

 

A vibrant
community
of scholars

 

In 2020, UC Berkeley had over 1700 postdocs, 1200 visiting scholars, and 524 visiting student researchers, representing 114 countries. The rich diversity of the VSPA community enhances the research excellence at UC Berkeley.

 

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News

 

Stay up to
date with the
latest news

 

Browse VSPA news articles that highlight important community happenings.

 

 
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Career and Professional Development 

VSPA provides access to a variety of resources to support your research and your career and professional development.

Benefits and Wellness 

Review health benefit options and VSPA resources that are designed to help you be well while you conduct research at UC Berkeley.  
 

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Othering & Belonging Conference 2021 - Risk and the Courage to Bridge - Day 1 (C/T, DEIBJ)

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Othering & Belonging Conference 2021 - Risk and the Courage to Bridge - Day 2 (C/T, DEIBJ)

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VSPA Relocation & Housing Meeting (Well)

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[<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vspa-relocation-housing-meeting-october-20…" id="ow1831" __is_owner="true">LINK</a>]<br><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vspa-relocation-housing-meeting-october-20…" id="ow1827" __is_owner="true">Register here</a>

 

VSPA is excited to celebrate our postdocs and the many valuable contributions they make to our community during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.



 

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UC Berkeley is transitioning back to in-person operations. Here’s what Visiting Scholars, Visiting Student Researchers and Postdocs should know.