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Unpaid Post-Doctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows or Research Fellows not receiving a Yale University paycheck and not able to enroll for benefits using Workday, are eligible to enroll with Yale Health’s Postdoctoral Fellow membership health coverage program. Under this program, the university will subsidize the health coverage premium for postdoctoral fellows in all units. Departments and faculty mentors are still required to subsidize the individual premium rate, while a central fund will subsidize spouse and/or dependents coverage. 


  • The length of the membership in Yale Health is equal to the length of the appointment (e.g., a two-year appointment allows for two years of coverage).
  • Coverage begins on the first of the month following the date of appointment/hire or January 1st for annual enrollment (e.g., if the date of appointment is 9/1, then coverage begins 9/1 or if the start date is 9/17, then coverage begins 10/1).
  • There is no option to use COBRA should your employment end with Yale.

How to enroll

  • Eligible members must enroll directly with Yale Health Member Services using a two-page paper application within 30 days of appointment/hire.

Monthly Rates

  • Single: $969.00
  • Employee + Spouse: $2,035.00
  • Employee + Child/ren: $1,841.00
  • Family: $2,907.00

*Rates change annually on January 1st

Next Steps

  • As a new member, you will be receiving important information about your insurance coverage and all things Yale Health from the Member Liaison.  
  • Look out for these emails as they are full of helpful tips and information about your Yale Health coverage.
  • You may also be interested in scheduling a New Member Meeting & Building Tour with our Member Liaison to discuss coverage and benefits.
  • Please review the New Member Checklist and if you have any questions, feel free to connect with the Member Liaison by calling 203-436-9257 or by emailing