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Funding Levels and Guidelines

The Provost establishes minimum funding levels.

Clinical fellows at the SoM must be funded at the PGY level established by GME at Stanford Hospitals & Clinics. For more information on pay levels contact GME.

Departments may establish their own guidelines as long as funding rates meet or exceed those established by the University.

Funding levels are auto-calculated on the Recommendation and Change Request Web Forms.

Funding Levels for Academic Years 2020-21 and 2019-20



NIH MINIMUM FUNDING FY18 (effective with awards on or after October 1, 2019) STANFORD UNIVERSITY MINIMUM ANNUAL SALARY/STIPEND AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 (FY20) 


0 - 1 Years $64,268 $52,704 $62,700
1 - 2 Years $64,268 $53,076 $62,700
2 - 3 Years $64,268 $53,460 $62,700
3 - 4 Years $64,268 $55,596 $62,700
4 - 5 Years $64,268 $57,456 $62,700
5 - 6 Years $64,268 $59,580 $62,700
6+ Years $64,268 $61,800 $62,700
7 or more ---- $64,008 ----

NRSA support is limited to three years for postdocs. NIH provides eight levels of postdoc stipend for those with 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 postdoc research training.) Stanford sets a five year cap on the postdoc training period (including time at Stanford and at other institutions).

For information on pay levels for Stanford Hospital house staff, contact the Stanford Hospital GME Office.

When determining funding levels for Postdocs, years and months of research experience are based on postdoc research at Stanford or other institutions. For MDs, the years of concentrated research listed on the CV may be used; internships and residencies do not count as research years.

Important Funding Guidelines

  • Departments review postdoc salaries/stipends on an annual basis and confirm that postdocs are funded at the minimum applicable level (or higher) based on cumulative years of research experience on September 1st of each year.
  • Funding paid in foreign currency must meet or exceeed the above-noted minimums in USD, regardless of currency exchange rate, or be supplemented by funds from the appointing department.
  • Increases in funding are reported to OPA via Change Request Web Forms.
  • On February 7, 2020, NIH issued its FY 2020 Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards. According to the notice, all FY 2020 awards issued using FY 2019 stipend levels will be revised to increase the stipend category to the FY 2020 level. Effective with NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2019, 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 details, see Contact your Departmental Grant Administrator or the Research Process Manager in the Research Management Group at the SoM with questions.

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