Stipend Guidelines

Stipends for Postdoctoral Scholars are governed by a policy adopted on January 28, 2014 that requires stipends to be no lower than those set by the National Institutes of Health for their NRSA fellows. This policy will be phased in over a three year period by applying the requirement to all NEW appointments. The minimum rate for Postdoctoral Scholars with no prior postdoctoral experience in FY 2017 is $47,484/year with annual increments for each year of service. Postdocs and their mentors can negotiate stipends above this minimum level. For more information, see the NIH web site

Career Level

Years of Experience

Stipend for FY 2017

Monthly Stipend

Postdoctoral

0

$47,484

$3,957

 

1

$47,844

$3,987

 

2

$48,216

$4,018

 

3

$50,316

$4,193

 

4

$52,140

$4,345

 

5

$54,228

$4,519

 

6

$56,400

$4,700

 

7 or More

$58,560

$4,880

In order to hire international scholars, some visa classifications require that the scholar be paid the prevailing wage for such employees. Compliance with this standard is required for certain visas to be issued. Before offering a postdoctoral appointment, contact International Scholar and Faculty Services to determine the appropriate visa type.

Compensation for postdoctoral fellows is governed by the agency providing funding, and therefore varies based on the source of funds.

Health Insurance 

Health insurance is provided at no cost to postdoctoral scholars (it is charged to sponsored accounts or paid by state or local accounts).  There is a $12.00 administration fee which is split between the postdoc and the account that is funding the postdoc -- in other words, the postdoc pays $6/month for the administrative fee. Postdoctoral fellows participate in the same health insurance policy, but must pay for coverage, including the administrative fee, from their own funds or from allowances provided by the external agency providing the fellowship. Postdoctoral fellows and scholars may include family members on their insurance policy but they must pay for this insurance themselves.  More information about the health plan as well as current rates are available from the Student Health Services.

Leave and Vacation Time

As trainees rather than employees, Postdoctoral Scholars and Fellows do not formally accrue sick leave or vacation time.  On the other hand, everyone occasionally gets sick and nobody can sustain peak intellectual performance without occasional breaks. Supervisors are encouraged to set reasonable expectations for leave that are consistent for the members of their work groups. Postdoctoral Scholars and Fellows are encouraged to initiate a discussion about these expectations and to seek guidance from the OPP or the University Ombuds office if they feel they are treated unfairly. 

Family Medical Leave

Although OSU’s Postdoctoral Scholars are not “employees” who are entitled to family medical leave under federal or state law, OSU has established a leave policy to support Postdoctoral Scholars as they balance the demands of their life and work.  For parental leave, all Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible to take leave consistent with the remaining terms of this policy.  For all other leave due to a serious health condition, Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible once they have been appointed for twelve (12) consecutive months with OSU.  All eligible Postdoctoral Scholars may take up to 12 weeks of a continuous block of approved leave from their appointment as parental leave or to care for their own serious health condition or that of a family member.  OSU will continue to pay for the Postdoctoral Scholar’s health insurance during this leave period at the same level it would pay as if the Postdoctoral Scholar had not taken leave (funds for health insurance will come from the grant or contract that supports the position).

For parental leave, Postdoctoral Scholars may take advantage of this leave policy once per new child.  For all other leave due to a serious health condition of the Postdoctoral Scholar or his/her family member, only one leave may be granted during the Postdoctoral Scholar’s tenure in this position at OSU. Intermittent leave periods are not available under this policy, although a Postdoctoral Scholar may opt to take less than the full twelve-week period of leave. One parental leave period will be shared by both parents if they are both entitled to family medical leave (by law or policy) from a position at  OSU , although the distribution of the leave between the parents (100% by one parent, 50-50 between parents, etc.) is at the discretion of the parents. 

A leave taken under this policy does not extend a Postdoctoral Scholar’s contractual appointment.  In other words, if a Postdoctoral Scholar’s appointment ends during a leave period, the Post-Doctoral Scholar’s position and leave period end at the same time.  Failure to return to an existing appointment upon completion of the leave may result in the Post-Doctoral Scholar having to repay the benefits received while on approved leave.  On the other hand, leave time is not counted as part of the maximum allowable appointment term for Post-Doctoral Scholars at OSU. 

To request leave under this policy, a Postdoctoral Scholar must contact the Office of Human Resources.