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NPA Celebrates Continued Increases to NRSA Postdoc Stipends

Friday, February 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
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February 14, 2020

As staunch advocates for fostering improvements to the postdoctoral experience, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) applauds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for increasing the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipends for fiscal year 2020. The NPA, also an ardent supporter of career and professional development for postdoctoral scholars, is pleased to see that training-related expenses and institutional allowances have been increased by $1,000 for postdoctoral trainees and fellows. The NRSA stipends reflect an increase of approximately four to five percent on average for postdocs, consistent with the recommendations for the biomedical research workforce made by the Advisory Committee to the Director.

The NPA and our stakeholders in the postdoctoral community are encouraged by the consistent increases of the NRSA stipends over the past six years. This raise in stipend, as well as increased training funding, are aligned with the NPA’s mission to ensure that postdoctoral scholars are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors.

NIH Postdoctoral Stipend 2016-2020
Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2016 Stipend for FY 2017 Stipend for FY 2018 Stipend for FY 2019 Stipend for FY 2020
0 $43,692 $47,484 $48,432 $50,004 $52,704
1 $45,444 $47,844 $48,804 $50,376 $53,076
2 $47,268 $48,216 $49,188 $50,760  $53,460
3 $49,152 $50,316 $51,324 $52,896 $55,596
4 $51,120 $52,140 $53,184 $54,756 $57,456
5 $53,160 $54,228 $55,308 $56,880 $59,580
6 $55,296 $56,400 $57,528 $59,100 $61,800
7 or more $57,504 $58,560 $59,736 $61,308 $64,008