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Postdoctoral Stipend Levels for FY03


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 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, the recommended minimum stipend levels are no longer 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 FY03

(Penn FY: July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003)

1. Beginning postdoctoral fellows, with no prior experience at Penn, will be paid a minimum of

$29,981. This represents a 3% increase above the minimum for FY02.

Levels for all years are:

Years of experience






Compensation FY03






2. All continuing postdoctoral fellows will receive an increase of at least 3% above their present stipend levels.

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 FY03, 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.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 17, January 8, 2002


January 8, 2002
Volume 48 Number 17

Dr. Jonathan E. Rhoads, provost emeritus and pioneering professor of surgery, leaves a legacy after a life-long career at Penn. Services will be held on January 12.
Dr. Alvin Rubinstein, professor of political science, died December 18 after teaching here for 44 years.
President Judith Rodin welcomes back the Penn community and encourages participation in the MLK celebrations and community service projects.
Penn and other organizations founded by Benjamin Franklin participate in the fourth annual celebration of his life on January 17.
Dr. Susan Fuhrman will be recommended to the Trustees for reappointment as dean of the Graduate School of Education.
Out with FinMIS and in with BEN Financials as Penn rings in the new year as a successful upgrade to a new, web-based purchasing environment is complete.
Procards no longer permitted for purchases from suppliers who are in the new Penn Marketplace; BEN Buys is the new system for placing orders.
Postdoctoral Stipend levels for FY03 are no longer based on NIH guidelines.
The Sexual Harassment Policy is published OF RECORD to familiarize the University community with the resources available for resolving complaints.
Blood Drives this month target faculty, staff and students.
Doctoral students and postdoc fellows interested in pursuing the academic job market are invited to the sixth annual series beginning January 18.
Corrections to the Faculty/Staff Directory are due January 23 so they can be included in the upcoming addendum.
The Penn's Way campaign announces the winners of the week four and week five raffles. Week six winners and the grand prize winner will be in next week.