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Stipend

Fellows' Career Development

Stipend

Fellows' Career Development

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Stipends for fellows at the NIH are adjusted yearly and set by the Scientific Directors. See below for the most current stipend levels.

Stipend/Salary

Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Fellow Stipend Levels – effective May 1, 2020

Postdoctoral IRTA and Visiting Fellow Stipend Levels for NIEHS

Experience Initial Stipend Second Yr. Third Yr. Fourth Yr. Fifth Yr.
0-1 year $55,900 $57,500 $59,100 $60,700 $62,300
1-2 years $57,500 $59,100 $60,700 $62,300 $63,900
2-3 years $59,100 $60,700 $62,300 $63,900 $65,500
3-4 years $60,700 $62,300 $63,900 $65,500 $67,100
4-5 years $62,300 $63,900 $65,500 $67,100 $68,700
5-6 years* $63,900 $65,500 $67,100 $68,700 $70,300
6-7 years* $65,500 $67,100 $68,700 $70,300 $71,900

* used for fellows with an M.D. or similar professional degree to give credit for internship/residency years.


Predoctoral (Graduate Student) IRTA and VF Stipend Levels - effective May 1, 2020

Predoctoral IRTA and Visiting Fellow Stipend Ranges for All Localities

Postbaccalaureate Education or Training Completed Upon Activation of Award* Initial Stipend Second Yr. Third Yr. Fourth Yr. Fifth Yr.
0-1 year $33,100 $35,200 $36,900 $39,450 $40,900
1-2 years $35,200 $36,900 $39,450 $40,900 $42,400
2-3 years $36,900 $39,450 $40,900 $42,400 $42,400
> 3 years $39,450 $40,900 $42,400 $42,400 $42,400

STIPENDS NTE $42,400
* Postbaccalaureate education or training completed upon activation of award can only include postbaccalaureate training in an NIH laboratory, or relevant professional medical or graduate school enrollment.
If someone has, e.g., 1 year plus 3 months of education or training, he/she should receive the 1-2 year stipend.


Postbaccalaureate IRTA Stipend Levels - effective May 1, 2020

Postbaccalaureate IRTA Stipend Ranges for All Localities

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Degree Years of Experience Initial Stipend Second Yr. *
Bachelor’s 0-1 year $31,700 $34,000
1-2 years $34,000 $35,550
2+ years $35,550 $37,100
Master's Not Applicable $35,500 $37,100

* Second year stipend also used for postbacs in an exceptional third year.


Student IRTA Stipend Levels - effective May 1, 2020

Student IRTA Stipend Levels for All Localities

Education Level Completed Monthly Stipend
High School Before Graduation $2,000
After Graduation $2,230
Undergraduate After 1 year $2,340
After 2 years $2,440
After 3 years or > $2,570
Graduate Less than 1 year $2,690
After 1 year $3,050
After 2 year $3,390
After 3 years or > $3,630

Note about Stipends

If you are appointed as an IRTA/CRTA, you are a trainee and not an employee.

  • Your stipend will be reported on a form 1099G.
  • No FICA (Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid) taxes will be deducted from your stipend.
  • No income taxes, Federal or state, will be withheld.
  • You will be responsible for filing Federal and state income tax returns.  This means you should (1) save some funds to pay your taxes and (2) file estimated tax returns.

If you are a Research or Clinical Fellow, you are an employee, and your wages will be reported on a W2 form.

If you are a Visiting Fellow, your tax status will depend on your citizenship.  Please consult with the NIH Division of International Services.

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