On February 7, 2020 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its fiscal year 2020 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels for Postdoctoral Scholars. The new rates will apply when a Postdoctoral Scholar (exempt) is newly appointed, reappointed or on the anniversary date for those Postdoctoral Scholars with multiple year appointments as of March 1, 2020 and after. For Postdoctoral Scholars who are non-exempt, the effective date is February 9, 2020 and the increase would be applied upon the Postdoctoral Scholar’s initial appointment or re-appointment. 

Read more about the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends announcement. 

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

  • Reviewing all hires and reappointments March 1, 2020 and after for exempt, February 9, 2020 and after for non-exempt
  • Reviewing all multi-year appointments with reappointment dates of March 1, 2020 for exempt and after, February 9, 2020 for non-exempt
  • Preparing revised Appointment Letters or Appointment Letter Addendums for appointments effective March 1, 2020 and after for exempt and February 9, 2020 for non-exempt
  • Running audits on Appointment Letters / PeopleConnect Management Actions (PC) / Online Payroll and Personnel System (OLPPS) to ensure the appropriate scales are utilized and processed for all affected Postdoctoral Scholar

Next Steps:

The HR Generalist for Postdoctoral Shared Services will reach out to inform departments of any necessary HR / payroll actions, such as:

  • Submitting new / revised PC Cases with updated salaries
  • Signing and issuing an addendum or revised appointment letters

Consult these resources for additional information:

  • Salary scales
    • Postdoctoral Scholar Series – Refer to Table 23 Salary Scale
    • Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee (non-exempt) - Refer to Table 23N

For Kirschstein Fellowships, the new minimum applies to all awards made on or after October 1, 2019. Please contact your Financial Analyst or Contracts and Grants for notifications from the NIH of any budgetary supplemental adjustments for Kirschstein funded fellows.

Contact Esther Carter or call (415) 502-0907 if you have questions.