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Stipends & Salaries

Minimum Salary/Stipend Levels

In December 2016, a minimum salary and stipend level for all full-time postdocs was established by Vanderbilt and based on the NIH NRSA stipend recommendations. Annually, when the NIH NRSA stipend recommendations are updated, Vanderbilt’s minimum salary and stipend level for all full-time postdocs are similarly updated. Given the release on Feb 7th of the FY 2020 NIH NRSA stipend levels, the minimum payment at Vanderbilt has been increased as detailed in the table below. This minimum payment is regardless of job classification (fellow or trainee) and funding mechanism (salary or stipend).

Upon reappointment, all postdocs appointed by the OPA should be offered a stipend of at least the current NIH NRSA scale below based on their years of postdoctoral experience. There is no set maximum allowable compensation. A postdoctoral salary/stipend may be supplemented at the request of the faculty mentor/principal investigator and approved by the respective dean of the postdoc's home department.


FY 2020 Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees & Fellows on NIH NRSA

Years of

Stipend for
FY 2018

Stipend for
FY 2019

Stipend for
FY 2020

Monthly Stipend
FY 2020




































7 or more






Additional information can be found at NIH FY 2020 Stipend Levels, NOT-OD-20-070.