Trainee Raise

Grad students and postdoctoral fellows supported by US National Institutes of Health National Research Service Awards land a 2 percent stipend bump in 2015.

Jan 12, 2015
Bob Grant

WIKIMEDIA, NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTEPostdocs and grad students supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Awards (NRSA) can expect a little something extra in their 2015 paychecks. The federal science agency announced on December 30 a 2 percent stipend increase for researchers funded under the grants. This represents NIH’s promise to provide cost-of-living increases to postdoc and grad student stipends.

Although some have long bemoaned the underpayment of NIH-funded postdocs, the group did get a 7 percent raise last year. A starting NRSA postdoc can expect to make $42,840, on average, with a 4 percent increase for each additional year of their fellowship.

(Hat tip: Science Careers)