Stipend Levels for FY05
have led to the approach to guidelines for stipend levels
for Postdoctoral Fellows
(PDFs). These events include: (1) NIH guidelines for
NSRA (National Research Service Awards) postdoctoral stipends (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-023.html) that
involve substantial annual increases above present levels;
(2) the lack of supplements for existing NIH research 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, a decision
was made in the Fall of 2001 that the recommended minimum
stipend levels would no longer be based on NIH guidelines.
It is important
to remember that recommended stipend levels represent minimums. Penn
investigators are also expected to comply with any postdoctoral
guidelines that are promulgated by their sponsors, if these
sponsor-specified guidelines exceed the Penn minimum stipend
Recommended Minimum Stipend Levels for Penn
(Penn FY: July 1, 2004 through June 30,
1. Beginning postdoctoral
fellows, with no prior experience at Penn, will be paid
a minimum of $ 31,807. This
represents a 3% increase above the minimum for FY04.
Levels for all years are
2. Those current postdoctoral fellows who
receive stipends in excess of the minimum should also receive
an increase of at least 3%.
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
Schools can set their own stipend levels above those
recommended in this revision.
- For FY05, University
of Pennsylvania postdoctoral stipend levels apply to
all postdoctoral fellows.
postdoctoral policy, no one should hold a postdoctoral
position at the University of
Pennsylvania for more than five years.
B. Mollinoff, Vice Provost for Research
more information relevant to postdoctoral fellows, and
opportunities, see the Vice Provost for Research's website, www.upenn.edu/research.
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