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May 26, 2009, Volume 55, No. 34

Postdoctoral Stipend Levels for FY2010

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is responsible for setting minimum stipend levels for Postdoctoral trainees across the University. Many postdoctoral trainees are supported by National Research Service Awards (NRSA), with stipend levels determined by the federal government. This year NRSA increased stipend levels by 1% (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-075.html).  However in a continuing effort to achieve equity across disciplines for all postdoctoral trainees across the campus, the University will increase minimum stipend levels by two percent.

It is important to remember that recommended stipend levels represent minimums. Departments may establish their own guidelines as long as stipend rates meet or exceed those established by the University.  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 FY2010 (July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010)

1. For beginning postdoctoral trainees, with no prior experience at Penn, the minimum stipend is $37,368. This is consistent with the NRSA stipend level for postdoctoral trainees with no prior experience.

Levels for all years are:    

Years of Experience 

Minimum Stipends FY2010











2. Those current postdoctoral trainees who receive stipends in excess of the minimum should also receive an increase of at least two percent.

3. 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.

4. Individual Schools can set their own stipend levels above those recommended in these guidelines.

—Steven J. Fluharty, Vice Provost for Research


Almanac - May 26, 2009, Volume 55, No. 34