Postdoctoral Affairs


At Brown, Postdoctoral Research Associates receive a salary and Postdoctoral Fellows receive a stipend, but the minimum requirements for both are similar.

Brown generally requires that postdoctoral salaries meet the NIH minimum pay scale regardless of the source of funds. Occasional exceptions may be made in consultation with the relevant Dean or in cases where the majority or entirety of a Postdoctoral Fellow's salary is paid directly to her or him by an outside funding source. Departments and PIs are welcome to pay postdocs above the NIH pay scale in consultation with their Dean's office.

Postdoctoral Salary Minimums

For Academic Year 2022-2023

Years of Experience Minimum Salary
0 $54,840
1 $55,224
2 $55,632
3 $57,852
4 $59,784

University policies prohibit postdoctoral appointments beyond the fifth year.

Compensation Above Salary Scale

Because health insurance subsidies for postdoctoral fellows are considered taxable income, many PIs choose to provide additional compensation to their fellows to offset tax payments.  This practice is allowable and encouraged when practical.  In addition, some postdocs may be paid above the standard salary scale when market conditions demand a higher salary or when an external grant sets the expected salary. Finally, when a full-time postdoctoral fellow receives external support that does not meet Brown's minimum pay scale, the PI or academic unit should normally provide supplementary funds to bring the total compensation up to the minimum.

Taxes and Withholdings

You should generally consult a tax professional for help with issues arising from your salary or stipend, and nothing on this site should be considered to be legal or tax advice.



  • US citizen and permanent resident postdoctoral research associates will have their income reported, have taxes withheld, and receive a W2.
  • Postdoctoral fellows will not have taxes withheld from their stipends (taxes may be withheld from health subsidies or other compensation) but may still be liable for tax payments and may be expected to pay estimated taxes on a regular basis.

International Scholars

Brown's Office of International Student and Scholar Services offers GLACIER federal tax preparation software at no charge to international scholars and has additional information about taxes on their website.