Research or other work done after getting a PhD is postdoctoral. Your cousin must be pretty happy about the postdoctoral fellowship she got at the University of Hawaii. Surf's up!

When you stay in school long enough to earn a doctorate degree (usually called a PhD or Doctor of Philosophy), you can describe the work, writing, and research you do as doctoral. It follows that related work done after that — but generally before getting a full-time academic job — is postdoctoral, since post- means "after." A postdoctoral student, for example, might work for a few years and teach some classes before pursuing a university teaching position.

Definitions of postdoctoral
  1. adjective
    of or relating to study or research that is done after work for the doctoral degree has been completed
  2. noun
    a grant that funds postdoctoral study or research
    synonyms: post doc, postdoc
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    type of:
    a grant to a person or school for some educational project
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