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NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellows Stipend Levels

last updated 05/17/13


Update: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA): The stipend levels established in FY 2012 will be continued in FY 2013 (see NOT-OD-12-033).



Release Date: January 20, 2012

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)

This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-11-067, and establishes new stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2012 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the table below. The Tuition and Fees, Training Related Expenses for trainees, and the Institutional Allowance for individual fellows remain unchanged, and are also provided below.

The budgetary categories described in this Notice are effective only for Kirschstein-NRSA awards made with FY 2012 funds. All FY 2012 awards issued using FY 2011 stipend levels will be revised to increase the stipend category to the FY 2012 level. For institutional training grants already awarded in FY 2012, if trainees have been appointed to the FY 2012 budget period, the grantee institution must amend those appointments to reflect the FY 2012 stipend level once the revised award is received. Amended appointments must be submitted through xTrain in the eRA Commons. Retroactive adjustments or supplementation of stipends or other budgetary categories with Kirschstein-NRSA funds for an award made prior to October 1, 2011 are not permitted.

STIPENDS: Effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2011, the following annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs.

The stipend levels are as follows:

Career Level Stipend for FY 2012

Undergraduates in the MARC and COR Programs
Freshmen/Sophomores $ 8,304
Juniors/Seniors $ 11,628
Predoctoral $ 22,032
Years of Experience  
0 $ 39,264
1 $ 41,364
2 $ 44,340
3 $ 46,092
4 $ 47,820
5 $ 49,884
6 $ 51,582
7 or more $ 54,180

These stipend levels are to be used in the preparation of future competing and non-competing NRSA institutional training grant and individual fellowship applications. They will be administratively applied to all applications currently in the review process.

NRSA support is limited to 5 years for predoctoral trainees, and 3 years for postdoctoral fellows. The NIH provides eight levels of postdoctoral stipends to accommodate individuals who complete other forms of health-related training prior to accepting a Kirschstein-NRSA supported position. (The presence of eight discrete levels of experience, however, does not constitute an endorsement of extended periods of postdoctoral research training.)

It should be noted that the maximum amount that NIH will award to support the compensation package for a graduate student research assistant remains at the zero level postdoctoral stipend, as described in NOT-OD-02-017.


The Training Related Expenses for each predoctoral and postdoctoral trainee as well as the Institutional Allowance for all predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows will be paid at the amounts shown below for all awards made with FY 2011 funds:

Training Related Expenses on Institutional Training Grants
Predoctoral Trainees $4,200
Postdoctoral Trainees: $7,850
Institutional Allowance on Individual Fellows Sponsored by non-Federal Public & Private Institutions (Domestic & Foreign)
Predoctoral Fellows: $4,200
Postdoctoral Fellows: $7,850
Institutional Allowance for Individual Fellows Sponsored by Federal and For-Profit Institutions
Predoctoral Fellows: $3,100
Postdoctoral Fellows: $6,750

Expenses allowed within these cost categories are described in the appropriate program announcements, which can be found at
These levels for training-related expenses and institutional allowances are to be used in the preparation of future competing Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training grant and individual fellowship applications, and will be administratively applied to all applications currently in the review process.


See Questions and Answers Related to NRSA Tuition, Fees, and Health Insurance Policy:

Specific questions concerning this notice or other policies relating to training grants or fellowships should be directed to the grants management office in the appropriate NIH Institute or Center, AHRQ, or HRSA. General inquiries concerning NRSA stipend and tuition policies should be directed to:

Rodney Ulane, Ph.D.
NIH Research Training Officer
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 3516
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7963
Phone: (301) 451-4225
FAX: (301) 480-0146

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