By Holly Norton

The National Institutes of Health announced an increase in annual pay levels for predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars at NIH-funded external institutions who are recipients of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA). Predoctoral scholars will receive an approximate 4% increase in their pay level bringing it to $28,224, and postdoctoral scholars will receive an approximate increase of 8%, with pay levels beginning at $61,008 and upwardly adjusted based on years of experience.

NIH aims to increase these pay levels over the next three to five years. Eligible recipients also will receive a $500 increase in subsidies for childcare and an additional $200 for training-related expenses. This pay-level increase was informed by recommendations of NIH’s Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD). Those recommendations were based on significant feedback from the research community and a report from a special working group the ACD convened.

For more information on this announcement, visit NIH's press release, Guide Notice, and Open Mike blog.