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NIH Announces New Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Fellows

Published on
February 8, 2021


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The NIH recently announced that the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels have been increased for FY2021. The new NIH NRSA stipend levels can be found at

Years of Experience           Stipend for FY 2021
           0                                    $53,760
           1                                    $54,144
           2                                    $54,540
           3                                    $56,712
           4                                    $58,608
           5                                    $60,780
           6                                    $63,036
          7 or More                       $65,292

According to CHOP policy, salaries for postdoctoral fellows are to be in alignment with the most current NIH NRSA pay scale, based on their years of postdoctoral experience. The policy can be viewed in Postdoctoral Fellows: Appointment, Roles, Requirements and Responsibilities and can also be found in the Policy and Procedure System  under the Research Institute Manual under Academic Training and Outreach Programs.

All fellows receiving an annual salary increase on or after March 1, 2021, should be promoted according to this updated pay scale. In addition, all fellows hired on or after March 1, 2021, should receive a salary based on these guidelines. Please consult your business manager for additional guidance in this matter.

All postdoctoral fellows, regardless of appointment date, should be increased to the new levels by June 30, 2021.

For questions regarding the CHOP postdoc policy, please contact