Skip Navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Your Environment. Your Health.

Stipend

Fellows' Career Development

Stipend

Fellows' Career Development

Pen and money

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 IRTA and Visiting Fellow Stipend Levels – effective May 1, 2021

Postdoctoral IRTA and Visiting Fellow Stipend Levels for NIEHS

Experience Initial Stipend Second Yr. Third Yr. Fourth Yr. Fifth Yr.
0-1 year $58,700 $60,400 $62,050 $63,750 $65,400
1-2 years $60,400 $62,050 $63,750 $65,400 $67,100
2-3 years $62,050 $63,750 $65,400 $67,100 $68,800
3-4 years $63,750 $65,400 $67,100 $68,800 $70,450
4-5 years $65,400 $67,100 $68,800 $70,450 $72,150
5-6 years* $67,100 $68,800 $70,450 $72,150 $73,800
6-7 years* $68,800 $70,450 $72,150 $73,800 $75,500

* used for fellows with an M.D. or similar professional degree to give credit for internship/residency years (for U.S. credentials only).


Predoctoral (Graduate Student) IRTA and Visiting Fellow Stipend Levels - effective May 1, 2021

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 $34,400 $36,600 $38,400 $41,050 $42,550
1-2 years $36,600 $38,400 $41,050 $42,550 $44,100
2-3 years $38,400 $41,050 $42,550 $44,100 $45,700
> 3 years $41,050 $42,550 $44,100 $45,700 $47,350

STIPENDS NTE $47,350
* 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, 2021

Postbaccalaureate IRTA Stipend Ranges for All Localities

Degree Years of Experience Initial Stipend Second Yr. *
Bachelor’s 0-1 year $32,950 $35,350
1-2 years $35,350 $36,950
2+ years $36,950 $38,600
Master's Not Applicable $36,950 $38,600

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


Student IRTA Stipend Levels - effective May 1, 2021

Student IRTA Stipend Levels for All Localities

Education Level Completed Monthly Stipend
High School Before Graduation $2,080
After Graduation $2,320
Undergraduate After 1 year $2,430
After 2 years $2,540
After 3 years or > $2,670
Graduate Less than 1 year $2,800
After 1 year $3,170
After 2 year $3,530
After 3 years or > $3,780

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.

Back
to Top