March 13, 2014

NIH Postdoctoral Stipend/Salary Increase

Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming issued the following CALmessages notice regarding NIH postdoctoral salary/stipends on March 12, 2014:

Date: March 12, 2014
Sender: Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research (Control Units)
To: Faculty
Subject: NIH Postdoctoral Stipend/Salary Increase

On February 10, 2014 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Notice (NOT-OD-14-046) establishing stipend levels for FY2014 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards (NRSA). The NIH notice can be found at:

Article 4, “Compensation,” Section A-3 of the UC-UAW Contract for Postdoctoral Scholars states, “increases to the University salary/stipend minima rates shall be made in accord with the NIH Notice pertaining to the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend levels.” The effective date of the new salary scale is the first day of the payroll period following the NIH Notice, which is March 1, 2014.

Therefore, all Postdoctoral Scholars that are newly appointed, or whose reappointment/anniversary date is on or after March 1, 2014, must be at the appropriate annual stipend/salary minimum, based on years of postdoctoral experience as follows:

0 yrs. $42,000
1 yrs. $43,680
2 yrs. $45,432
3 yrs. $47,244
4 yrs. $49,128
5 yrs. $51,096

The implementation of the new scale does not automatically affect the salaries of Postdoctoral Scholars, with the exception of Kirschstein Fellows. For the Kirschstein Fellows who were granted FY2014 awards but issued these awards using the FY2012 stipend levels, their stipends will be adjusted to the FY2014 levels by the NIH. For all others, the new scale affects those who are newly appointed or whose reappointment/anniversary date occurs March 1, 2014 or later.

In addition, UC-UAW Contract, Article 4, “Compensation,” Section D states, “All Postdoctoral Scholars shall be placed on at least the appropriate NIH-NRSA rates based on the Postdoctoral Scholar's experience on June 1, 2014.” If it’s determined that a Postdoctoral Scholar is below the appropriate experience level, CSS Team 9 will notify the VCR Office and contact PIs to request authorization to move the postdoc to the appropriate experience level effective June 1, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding these postdoctoral scholar salary changes, please contact your HR Generalist in CSS Team 9, or email

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