Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

May 2013

2013-2014 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 2013-2014, after recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Postdoctoral Affairs chaired by Dr. Merritt Maduke.

The University will continue with a salary/stipend baseline adjustment in the postdoctoral scholars funding scale. The new minimum levels reflect a 1% baseline increase for all years 1-4 (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.

Fiscal year 2013-2014 salary information is available online at:

Please note that on October 1, 2013, 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 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 FY14. The salary calculator tool (linked below) is there to assist you in this process.

For more information:

Funding policies and procedures:

Postdoc 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 salary/stipend guidelines and funding levels:

For questions, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs depending on your school:

School of Medicine: Alistair Murray,

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

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

Sofie R Kleppner, PhD
Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs | Stanford University | Tel: 650-725-5075

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