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Postdoc Training at Vanderbilt

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University (VU) has made the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and postdocs and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University recently announced that students, faculty, staff, and postdocs are required to be vaccinated against COVID. Effective, August 1, 2021, proof of full vaccination or an approved accommodation will be required in order to work at Vanderbilt University.  Have questions? Check out the FAQs.

Accommodations for medical and religious exemptions can be requested with the Equal, Opportunity and Access Office.

All Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees will be required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption from this requirement by no later than Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, as a condition of employment. Read more here.


Vanderbilt University is an internationally recognized private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. It offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. Faculty, students, postdocs, and staff work closely together to examine challenging questions across a wide range of disciplines. As a result, postdocs at Vanderbilt have the opportunity to further enhance their skills and prepare for future careers while working with leading scholars in the biological and physical sciences, engineering, the humanities, law and business, and the social sciences.

Vanderbilt Facts

  • 6,886 undergraduate students
  • 6,245 graduate and professional students across 10 schools and colleges
  • 4,358 total full-time faculty
    • 1,466 VU-employed full-time faculty
    • 2,892 VUMC-employed full-time faculty
  • 500+ Postdoctoral Scholars
  • 4,044 full-time staff
  • Research expenditures exceeding $249 million annually


Vanderbilt University ranked 14th in 2021 Best Colleges in U.S. News and World Report.


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