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Parental Leave

Fellows' Career Development

Parental Leave

Fellows' Career Development

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(Source: NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)

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If you are an IRTA/CRTA or Visiting Fellow, your stipend may continue for up to 8 weeks of absence for the birth or adoption of a child. Additional absence without stipend can be requested.

If you are a Research or Clinical Fellow, you may use accrued annual or sick leave to take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. A Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows other Federal employees to donate their annual leave to extend your time off. Additional leave types are discussed in the Postdoc Handbook.

What if I need additional family leave beyond 8 weeks?

The NIH Intramural program has developed a policy to allow postdoctoral fellows several options for increasing flexibility and temporarily reducing effort while remaining connected to their research and the NIH community during times of intense family needs. Read more about the flexible arrangement options in this policy, termed "Keep the Thread."