Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Funding Guidelines


Postdoc Funding through September 30, 2017

Postdoc Funding Effective October 1, 2017

Contact GME for Funding Levels (PGY) for Clinical Trainees for 2017-2018

The University Provost establishes minimum funding levels (below) based on the years of cumulative research experience a Postdoctoral Scholar has when appointed.

Clinical fellows at the School of Medicine must be funded at the PGY level established by the Graduate Medical Education (GME ) office at Stanford Hospitals & Clinics. For more information regarding pay levels please contact GME.

Departments may establish their own guidelines as long as funding rates meet or exceed those established by the University. If you have questions about funding rates or guidelines, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Required Funding Level Tables

Below are the current and previous years' funding tables to help determine the appropriate minimum annual salary for a postdoctoral scholar based on the scholar's number of months/years of previous research experience after doctoral degree conferral. These funding levels are automatically calculated on the Recommendation and Change Request Web Forms.

Funding levels for academic years 2017-2018 and 2016-2017:

Research Experience Years Completed

Stanford University
Minimum Annual Salary/Stipend (FY18)
as of October 1, 2017
(see Funding Table for detailed information)
NIH Minimum Funding FY17
(effective with awards on or after Oct. 1, 2016)
Stanford University
Minimum Annual Salary/Stipend (FY17)
as of October 1, 2016 (see Funding Table for detailed information)

0 – 1 years

$53,406 $47,484 $51,600

1 –  2 years

$53,406 $47,844 $51,600

2 – 3 years

$53,406 $48,216 $51,600

3 – 4 years

$53,406-$55,361 $50,316 $51,600-$53,489

4 – 5 years

$55,361-$57,578 $52,140 $53,489-$55,631

5 – 6 years

$57,578-$59,890 $54,228 $55,631-$57,865

6+ years

$59,890 $56,400 $57,865
7 or more
---- $58,560 ----

NRSA support is limited to three years for postdoctoral fellows. The NIH provides eight levels of postdoctoral stipends to accommodate individuals who complete other forms of health-related training prior to accepting a Kirschstein-NRSA supported position. (The presence of eight discrete levels of experience, however, does not constitute an endorsement of extended periods of postdoctoral research training.)  Stanford's policy sets a five year postdoctoral training period (including time at Stanford and at other institutions).

For information regarding pay levels for Stanford Hospital house staff, please contact the Stanford Hospital Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office at (650) 723-5948.

When determining funding levels for Postdoctoral Scholars, years and months of research experience should be based on postdoctoral research worked at Stanford University or other institutions. For MDs the years of concentrated research listed on the curriculum vitae may be used; internship and residencies do not count as research years.

Important Funding Guidelines

last updated 04/18/17 (tjw)

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