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OF RECORD

Postdoctoral Stipend Levels for FY05

Preamble

Several developments 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 stipend guidelines that are promulgated by their sponsors, if these sponsor-specified guidelines exceed the Penn minimum stipend levels. 

Recommended Minimum Stipend Levels for Penn FY05

(Penn FY: July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005)

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

Years of Experience

Compensation
FY05

00

01

02

03

04

$31,807

 32,761

 33,744

 34,756

 35,799

2. Those current postdoctoral fellows who receive stipends in excess of the minimum should also receive an increase of at least 3%.

Other Items

  • 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 year.
  • Individual 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.
  • Under postdoctoral policy, no one should hold a postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania for more than five years.

--Perry B. Mollinoff, Vice Provost for Research

For more information relevant to postdoctoral fellows, and research opportunities, see the Vice Provost for Research's website, www.upenn.edu/research.

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 26, March 23, 2004

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