The Graduate College requires that the salaries of newly appointed Postdoctoral Research Scholars (FP01) and Postdoctoral Research Fellows (FP02) are determined by the NIH/NRSA salary guidelines regardless of the source of funds. The college advocates for equity among postdoctoral scholars and fellows and encourages departments to bring their current postdocs into alignment with new hires. As of July 1, 2024, all current and new postdoctoral research scholars and fellows' salaries must meet or exceed the 2024-2025 NIH minimum for 0 years of experience ($61,008). College administration and individual principal investigators may pay beyond the NIH minimum, if their funding allows, to recruit and retain outstanding postdocs. It is also allowable to make salary adjustments, whenever possible, for exceptional performance. The NIH minimum is adjusted each year.  For budget planning purposes, investigators are encouraged to budget for annual salary increases of 3% in order to maintain postdoctoral salaries in alignment with the NIH minimum. John C. Keller, Associate Provost for Graduate & Professional Education and Graduate College Dean, announced the amended salary guidelines on October 30, 2017.

As of April 23, 2024, NIH recommends the following salaries determined by years of experience for FY 2024.

Years of ExperienceStipend for FY 2024 (updated)
0$61,008 ($5,084 monthly)
1$61,428 ($5,119 monthly)
2$61,884 ($5,157 monthly)
3$64,356 ($5,363 monthly)
4$66,492 ($5,541 monthly)
5$68,964 ($5,747 monthly)
6$71,532 ($5,961 monthly)
7 or more$74,088 ($6,174 monthly)

Current NIH stipend schedule

A sound estimate of the new stipend levels, if submitting a grant before the recommendations are released at the beginning of each calendar year, is to project an annual 3% increase in postdoctoral salaries.

If you have salary questions regarding Postdoctoral Research Scholars or Postdoctoral Research Fellows, please contact Senior Human Resources Director Tanesha Herman.