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Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellow appointments are approved by the Faculty Affairs Office. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintains relevant policy governing these appointments as well as information on professional development, mentoring, resources, and support for postdoctoral fellows.

Postdoctoral Fellow Titles

Postdoctoral Scholar
NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow 
Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Education
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

View detailed position descriptions.

Appointment Term Length

  • Standard appointment term length is one year
  • If the proposed appointment is less than one year, written justification is required to (1) explain the need for the short term and (2) confirm that upon conclusion of the short term, the postdoctoral fellow will either be reappointed for a full year or terminated
  • If the proposed appointment is longer than one year, written justification is required to (1) explain the reason for the longer term and (2) confirm that funding is guaranteed for the duration of the appointment. The maximum term length is three years.

Postdoctoral Fellow Stipends

The minimum stipend level for a postdoctoral research fellow appointment at the Feinberg School of Medicine is the National Institutes of Health Kirschstein-National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend for zero years of experience.  View NRSA Stipend Levels and the Feinberg Policy on Postdoctoral Fellow Stipends.

  • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellows: All newly appointed and reappointed NRSA postdoctoral research fellows must receive the NIH NRSA stipend rate for her/his years of experience as a postdoctoral research fellow.
  • Non-NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellows: All other postdoctoral research fellows must receive a salary at least equivalent to the NRSA stipend for zero years of experience; aligning their salary with the NRSA scale for years of experience is recommended but not required, and annual increases should be based on performance review