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Are postdoctoral scholars considered students or researchers in other countries?

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I am currently working under a post-PhD (postdoc) scholarship. In my country (Argentina) I am usually considered still a student (although it's kind of a gray area).

In other countries, would I qualify as a student or as a researcher?

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In general, if you are not enrolled in any course and also are not enrolled in a program in which you may eventually earn a degree, you are not a "student."

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In many countries (such as those of the European Union and Switzerland, as well as the US and Canada), universities issue student IDs, these get you discounts in museums, book stores, etc. There, if you have a student ID, you're a student. If not, you're not.


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Are postdoctoral scholars considered students or researchers in other countries?

up vote 14 down vote

I am currently working under a post-PhD (postdoc) scholarship. In my country (Argentina) I am usually considered still a student (although it's kind of a gray area).

In other countries, would I qualify as a student or as a researcher?


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In general, if you are not enrolled in any course and also are not enrolled in a program in which you may eventually earn a degree, you are not a "student."

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That's not necessarily true. In Quebec (Canada), postdocs have a mixed status--they're registered as students at the university and get some tax benefits as such on the provincial taxes, but not the Federal taxes. - Matt Oct 9 at 18:06

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