Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2005

Notice Number: NOT-OD-05-032

Key Dates
Release Date: February 4, 2005

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Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), (

The stipend levels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows are shown below. The Training Related Expenses for trainees and the Institutional Allowance for individual fellows for FY 2005 are also shown below.

The Budgetary Categories Described in this Notice Are Effective Only for Kirschstein-NRSA Awards Made with FY 2005 Funds.

Retroactive adjustments or supplementation of stipends or other budgetary categories with Kirschstein-NRSA funds for an award made prior to October 1, 2004 is not permitted. Budgetary adjustments for training grant and fellowship awards, therefore, will be made only at the time of the FY 2005 award.

STIPENDS: Effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2004, the following annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. These awards are made under the authority of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act (as amended).

The stipend levels are as follows:

Career Level Stipend for FY 2005

Undergraduates in the MARC and COR Programs:

$ 7,812
$ 10,956

$ 20,772

Years of Experience:
0 $ 35,568
1 $ 37,476
2 $ 41,796
3 $ 43,428
4 $ 45,048
5 $ 46,992
6 $ 48,852
7 or more $ 51,036

These stipend levels are to be used in the preparation of future competing and non-competing NRSA institutional training grant and individual fellowship applications. They will be administratively applied to all applications currently in the review process.

The NIH encourages institutions to limit the duration of graduate and postdoctoral training to the extent possible. In most cases, graduate and postdoctoral research training from any source should not exceed 6 years and 5 years, respectively. The NIH retains eight levels of postdoctoral stipends to accommodate individuals who complete other forms of health-related training prior to accepting a Kirschstein-NRSA supported position. The presence of eight discrete levels of experience should not be construed as an endorsement of extended periods of postdoctoral research training. The NIH also seeks to address the need to help defray the increasing costs of health insurance for individual NRSA fellows.

It should be noted that the maximum amount that NIH will award to support the compensation package for a graduate student research assistant remains at the zero level postdoctoral stipend as described at

Institutional Allowance and Training Related Expenses for Kirschstein-NRSA Recipients:

The Training Related Expenses for each predoctoral and postdoctoral trainee as well as the Institutional Allowance for all predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows will be paid at the amounts shown below for all awards made with FY 2005 funds:

Training Related Expenses on Institutional Training Grants
Predoctoral Trainees: $2,200
Postdoctoral Trainees:


Institutional Allowance on Individual Fellows Sponsored by non-Federal Public & Private Institutions (Domestic & Foreign)

Predoctoral Fellows: $2,750
Postdoctoral Fellows:


Institutional Allowance for Individual Fellows Sponsored by Federal and For-Profit Institutions

Predoctoral Fellows: $1,650
Postdoctoral Fellows: $5,400

Expenses allowed within these cost categories are described in the appropriate program announcements, which can be found at These amounts will be applied to all competing and non-competing NRSA awards made with FY 2005 funds. Any FY 2005 awards issued using previously-approved levels will be revised. These levels are to be used in the preparation of future competing and non-competing Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training grant and individual fellowship applications. They will be administratively applied to all applications currently in the review process.


Questions concerning this notice or other policies relating to training grants or fellowships should be directed to the grants management office in the appropriate NIH Institute or Center.

Walter L. Goldschmidts, Ph.D.
Acting Research Training Officer
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 3516
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7963
Phone: (301) 451-4225
FAX: (301) 480-0146

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