Postdoctoral studies refer to research or academic work undertaken by individuals who have completed their doctoral degrees. These scholars, known as postdoctoral researchers or postdocs, engage in advanced research, scholarly activities, and teaching, often under the mentorship of experienced faculty members.

Postdoctoral appointments are typically temporary and are designed to further the scholarly and research contributions of individuals in their respective fields. This phase of academic and professional development allows postdocs to gain valuable experience, publish research, and enhance their expertise before pursuing permanent positions in academia, research institutions, or other sectors.