On November 27, 2018, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced its fiscal year 2019 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels for Postdoctoral Scholars. A copy of the NIH announcement can be found here.

Pursuant to the Postdoctoral Scholars’ Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of California and the UAW union, Article 4, Compensation, the University salary scales for Postdoctoral Scholar salary/stipend minimum rates have been increased effective December 1, 2018. The minimum salary/stipend rate for experience level 0 matches experience level 2 on the NIH scale. Other UC salary/stipend levels have a similar relation to the NIH projected scale.

The salary scales will be available online at: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/index.html

The new rates will apply when a Postdoctoral Scholar is newly appointed, reappointed or on the anniversary date for those Postdoctoral Scholars with multiple year appointments on December 1, 2018 or later. 

For Kirschstein Fellowships, the new minimum applies to all awards made on or after October 1, 2018. Please contact your Financial Analyst or Contracts and Grants for notifications from the NIH of any budgetary supplemental adjustments for Kirschstein funded fellows.

In preparation for the salary scale change, UCSF HR Shared Services for Postdoctoral Scholars are: 

  • Reviewing all hires and reappointments effective December 1, 2018 or later
  • Reviewing all multi-year appointments with reappointment dates of December 1, 2018 or later
  • Preparing revised Appointment Letters or Appointment Letter Addendums for appointments effective December 1, 2018 or later
  • Running audits on Appointment Letters/SRS tickets/PeopleConnect cases/OLPPS to ensure the appropriate scales were utilized and processed for all affected Postdoctoral Scholars

The HR Generalist will be reaching out to departments to advise on necessary actions on their process. Such as:

  • Submitting new PeopleConnect Management Action Cases
  • Signing and issuing the addendum or revised appointment letters

Should you have any questions, please contact Esther Carter at [email protected] or at (415) 502-0907.