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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.

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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)

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