Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Funding Guidelines


Postdoc Funding through September 30, 2013

Postdoc Funding Effective October 1, 2013

Contact GME for Funding Levels (PGY) for Clinical Trainees for 2013-2014

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.

Funding Calculator and Instructions

Below are instructions and a salary calculator to help determine where a postdoctoral scholar may be placed on the salary scale.

Funding levels for academic years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014:

Research Experience Years Completed

Stanford University
Minimum Annual Salary/Stipend (FY14)
as of October 1, 2013
NIH Minimum Funding FY14 & FY13
(effective with awards on or after Oct. 1, 2012, and/or Oct. 1, 2013)
Stanford University
Minimum Annual Salary/Stipend (FY13)
as of October 1, 2012

0 (<1)

$43,932.98 $39,264 $43,498


$45,071.25 $41,364 $44,625


$46,981.16 $44,340 $46,516


$49,329.41 $46,092 $48,841


$51,791.79 $47,820 $51,279


$51,791.79 $49,884 $51,279


---- $51,582 ----
7 or more
---- $54,180 ----

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 for research years.

Important Funding Guidelines

On Friday, January 20, 2012, The National Institutes of Health issued its FY 2012 Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards.  According to the notice, all FY2012 awards issued using FY 2011 stipend levels will be revised to increase the stipend category to the FY 2012 level.  Effective with NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2011, the above annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. For more information, please see

Please contact your Departmental Grant Administrator or the Research Process Manager in the Research Management Group at the School of Medicine if you have questions.

last updated 5/16/13 (AR)

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