April 21, 2023
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
The purpose of this Notice is to remind the extramural community of the policies surrounding stipends, compensation and other income for trainees and fellows supported under Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) grants.
In accordance with 42 CFR Part 66, NIH provides stipends to NRSA fellows and trainees as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience. NIH does not provide stipends as a condition of employment with either the Federal government or the sponsoring institution (See NIH Grants Policy Statement 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52).
While stipends are not provided as a condition of employment, this policy is not intended to discourage or otherwise prevent recipient institutions from hiring NRSA trainees and fellows as employees or providing them with benefits consistent with what the institution provides others at similar career stages.
For more information on NRSA training and fellowship programs see NIHGPS Chapter 11 and visit https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Research