Stipend and Benefits
Fellows receive health benefits, vacation days and sick days. The summer is utilized as an active part of the training program; however, the academic component of the program is suspended during July and August.
The amount of Fellow stipends is decided by the awarding unit, NIH, and is based on graduate status of the Fellow. The stipend increases with the number of years of relevant post-doctoral experience at the time of the appointment. The annual stipend levels for all individuals receiving support through institutional or individual National Research Service Awards (NRSA) made under Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act are:
|Post-doctoral with 0 years experience||$42,000|
|Post-doctoral with 1 year experience||$43,680|
|Post-doctoral with 2 years experience||$45,432|
|Post-doctoral with 3 years experience||$47,244|
|Post-doctoral with 4 years experience||$49,128|
|Post-doctoral with 5 years experience||$51,096|
|Post-doctoral with 6 years experience||$53,148|
|Post-doctoral with 7+ years experience||$55,272|
Taxability of Stipends
Since the income tax reform bill of 1986, fellowship stipends are taxable.
You must obtain written permission from the training program director to receive a stipend supplement. The conditions are that:
- NIH stipulates that T-32 trainees may not moonlight more than 10 hours per week. If trainees choose to moonlight, it is only on the condition that these activities not interfere with the postdoctoral training experience. Most fellows moonlight on a research project related to their area of research interest. CAAS faculty assist fellows in arranging these experiences wherever possible.
- The fellow must have a valid state license (for the state in which the activity occurs) and individual malpractice insurance in order to engage in any independent clinical service delivery. Some clinical activities might occur under the supervision of another licensed psychologist (e.g working as a psychometrist for a neuropsychologist in private practice). The fellow must then document the credentials of the supervisor. Due to malpractice considerations, only the supervisor should sign the report. The fellow should not sign the report.
The CAAS established rate for moonlighting work, which is funded by CAAS faculty/staff, is $35.00 per hour.
- In some cases, moonlighting is arranged outside of CAAS. In such cases, the recommended rate remains $35.00 per hour.
- A request for permission to moonlight, addressing the above conditions, must be presented in writing to the Training Director. Written permission from your supervisor must also be included.
- Clinical work of the fellow under the supervision of a licensed psychologist pursued for the purpose of qualifying for state licensure may or may not be paid. Indeed, some fellows may need to pay a psychologist for such supervision occurring outside of his/her regular responsibilities in the training program.
Participation at Professional Meetings
Fellows can expect to make presentations of their research at professional meetings during the period of fellowship. The training program makes available funds to support costs of participation at professional meetings.