Visiting Scholars & Postdocs Services

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Information on Health and Welfare Benefits is available for the following:

  • Postdocs
  • Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers:
  • Other J Exchange Visitors
    • UC Berkeley Employees not eligible for UC Berkeley health benefits
    • Affiliates (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, GTU, and International Computer Science Institute)

VSPA-appointed Visiting Scholars and Student Researchers and their spouses can access health care services at the Tang Center on a fee-for-service basis. For more information, see this link.

  • NOTE: UC Berkeley employees in other titles are not eligible to access services at the Tang Center.

Also see:
UC Berkeley's Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs Program (VSPA)
Postdoc definition and Visiting Scholar definition to understand their differences
Berkeley International Office

Additional Health and Welfare Services for Visiting Scholars & Postdocs
Breastfeeding education and support Visiting Scholars and Postdocs and their dependents are eligible for the services offered by the Breastfeeding Support Program including breastfeeding classes, breast pumps (discount off retail) and lactation rooms on campus.
Crisis/mental health counseling Visiting Scholars and Postdocs are eligible for services offered by CARE Services, the Employee Assistance Program. Call (510) 643-7754, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5pm. Confidential messages may also be left with CARE Services 24-hours a day. A counselor will respond on the next business day.
Elder care needs Individual counseling and national and local resource links available through the Elder Care Program.

Medical care at
the Tang Center

Visiting Scholars and Postdocs should seek medical care through their primary care providers. Visiting Scholars may use the Tang Center on a fee-for-service basis. We do not submit claims to your insurance.

If you are injured on the job, see work-related injury or illness.
Support services Visiting Scholars and Postdocs are eligible for most of the support services provided to faculty and staff. See Faculty/Staff Services A-Z for the comprehensive list of services.
Self-care; staying
healthy while at Cal
Visiting Scholars and Postdocs are eligible for services offered by Health*Matters, the worksite health promotion program.

Visit the Self-Care Resource Center, Tang's onsite library to find a variety of health resources.
Also see Online Health Topics A-Z.

Travel planning: immunizations & health care advice Call (510) 643-7177 for an appointment with International Travel Care. This is a fee-for-service.
Twelve-step meetings (AA, etc.) See Twelve-Step Programs On or Near Campus for the current schedule of meetings.
Workshops and training Visiting Scholars and Postdocs are eligible to attend the workshops and training offered for faculty and staff. See Workshops and Training for the current schedule.
Work/Life balance See Work/Life Program.
Work-related injury or illness For emergencies, call 911.

For urgent treatment of a work-related injury or illness, come to the Tang Center, Urgent Care at 2222 Bancroft.

For non-urgent medical care for a work-related injury call (510) 642-6891 for an appointment with the Occupational Health Clinic.

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