Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

March 2012

2012-2013 Minimum Postdoctoral Scholar Salary/Stipend Levels

Dear Colleagues,
The Vice Provost for Graduate Education Patricia Gumport and Provost John Etchemendy have approved new minimum postdoctoral research scholar salary/stipend levels for 2012-2013, after recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Postdoctoral Affairs chaired by Dr. Michael Longaker.

The University will continue with a salary/stipend baseline adjustment in the postdoctoral scholars funding scale. The new minimum levels reflect a 2% baseline increase for the first two of postdoctoral years, and a 1% baseline increase in years 3 and 4 (note that postdocs who remain here beyond 4 years have the 4th year level as their applicable minimum). This baseline increase took into account cost of living in the bay area for food, transportation, personal items and housing, the extent of fellowships available to scholars who are funded externally, and the shrinking funding sources available to faculty. Recommendations are also compared with NIH guidelines.

Please note that on October 1, 2012, active postdoctoral scholars must receive a step increase so that their total funding for the year is equal to or above the minimum that is appropriate to them based on the years and months of experience on October 1. This means that postdocs who are currently receiving the minimum support will see a higher than 2% or 1% in their take home pay starting October 1. Please review your records, determine any necessary adjustments and discuss with your faculty to plan the budgets for FY13. The salary calculator tool (linked below) is there to assist you in this process.

For more information:
Funding policies and procedures:

Postdoc 2012-2013 salary/stipend guidelines:

Downloadable PDF of the 2012-2013 Table:

Downloadable 2012-2013 Applicable Minimum Funding Calculator:

For questions:
Please contact your contact at the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, by school:

School of Medicine: Alistair Murray:

Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Engineering (including Bioengineering), Earth Sciences and Education : Tammy Wilson:

General questions may be sent to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Request Category: Student Services. Request Type: Postdoctoral Affairs

Rania Sanford, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean
Postdoctoral Affairs
Stanford University
Tel.: 650-725-5075

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