The National Postdoctoral Association is a professional association 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. Since its founding, the NPA has assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and require action beyond the local level. Key alliances are being forged at all levels, and new standards and policies proposed by NPA are being considered and adopted by federal agencies and research institutions throughout the United States.
The NPA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2003. The NPA is supported by its members and charitable contributions from those who support its mission, including the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The support of these organizations and the hard work and dedication of NPA's small staff and its volunteer Board and Committees have resulted in a non-profit organization that today has more than 3,000 registered individual members and 163 institutional members that represent more than 40,000 postdoctoral scholars.