NRSA Postdoctoral Stipend Levels for Fiscal Year 2017


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).


  1. NRSA stipend levels need to be adjusted for local cost-of-living, given the large disparity in housing costs across the country.

    1. Amen to this. The federal pay schedule gives a ~$10k bonus to Boston-area employees. Why shouldn’t the NIH do something similar?

  2. Is NIH aware of the fact that the requirement that was being considered proposing that all overtime must be paid for people whose annual salary is less than $47K affected minimum allowable post-doc salaries at some universities already? This is because we do not have any way to keep track of postdoc hours, and nobody wanted to be out of compliance with the proposed law. Even though it has not been put into effect, it’s one more financial stress that must come out of each person’s individual grants.

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