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.
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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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.