Postdoctoral Stipend Levels FY02
(Final Revised June 27, 2001)
Several recent developments have led to a revised approach to guidelines
for stipend levels for Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs).
These events include:
(1) a proposed new set of NIH guidelines for NSRA (National Research
Service Awards) postdoctoral stipends that involve substantial annual increases
above present levels (it is presumed that NIH expects these new levels to
be implemented for NIH FY02 for all PDFs supported on NIH grants);
(2) the potential lack of supplements for existing NIH grants to accommodate
the new stipend levels; and
(3) the minimal increases in grants awarded by NSF and other Federal
agencies. As a result fiscal realities have created increasingly disparate
financial situations for faculty, depending upon their source of support.
In view of these considerations, the recommended minimum stipend levels
are no longer based on projected future NIH guidelines. It is recognized
that the FY02 guidelines represents a departure from the promulgated University
of Pennsylvania postdoctoral policies*, and a revision of those policies
may be considered during the coming academic year.
It is important to remember that recommended stipend levels represent
minimums. Penn investigators are also expected to comply with any postdoctoral
stipend guidelines that are promulgated by their sponsors, if these sponsor-specified
guidelines exceed the Penn minimum stipend levels.
Background: FY 01 Recommended Stipend Levels
At present, the recommended minimal stipend levels for postdoctoral fellows
at the University are the current FY01 NIH levels, i.e.,
By years of experience:
Recommended Minimum Stipend Levels for Penn FY02
(Penn FY02: July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002)
- Beginning postdoctoral fellows, with no prior experience at Penn, will
be paid a minimum of $29,108. This represents a 3% increase above the minimum
- All continuing postdoctoral fellows will receive an increase of at
least 3% above their present stipend levels.
- Stipends should be adjusted upwards during the course of the Penn fiscal
year, either at the time of the annual postdoctoral reappointment, at the
time of the annual grant renewal, or at the beginning of the NIH fiscal
- Individual Schools can set their own stipend levels above those recommended
in this revision.
- Under University of Pennsylvania postdoctoral policy, no one should
hold a postdoctoral position for more than 5 years.
- Current University of Pennsylvania postdoctoral policy applies to postdoctoral
fellows in the physical, biological, and health sciences, and in engineering.
- Minimum stipend levels will set annually by the Vice Provost for Research,
in consultation with the Provost's Council on Research representing the
Schools of the University.
--Neal Nathanson, Vice Provost for Research
* The University of Pennsylvania's Postdoctoral
policies are online at www.upenn.edu/research/