Yesterday, NIH published a guide notice establishing stipend levels for postdoctoral trainees and fellows supported by Kirschstein-NRSA awards in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The 2017 increase of NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels reflects our continued recognition of the important work of postdoctoral researchers to the NIH, AHRQ, and HRSA missions. This increase also builds on increases following the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) working group on the biomedical research workforce recommendations. Their 2012 report called for ”the current stipends for NIH-supported postdoctoral fellows to be adjusted to levels that better reflect their years of training,” and subsequent NRSA stipend increases, including these FY17 NRSA postdoctoral stipend adjustments, follow the spirit of these recommendations.
NRSA postdoctoral training related expenses, institutional allowances, and tuition and fees categories remain unchanged as described in further detail in the Guide notice (NOT-OD-17-003).