Benefits/Stipend

Benefits

Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to receive health benefits (individual plans only).  Special arrangements with our insurance carriers to provide access to Blue Cross/Blue Shield (health) and Delta Dental (dental) plans.  IRS regulations require that Brown’s contribution for health/dental premiums be considered taxable income to the fellow.  Postdocs are not eligible for Social Security, Temporary Disability, or Worker’s Compensation  

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:

2020-21 Stipends 

Post-doctoral with 0 years experience

$52,704

Post-doctoral with 1 year experience

$53,076

Post-doctoral with 2 years experience

$53,460

Post-doctoral with 3 years experience

$55,596

Post-doctoral with 4 years experience

$57,456

Post-doctoral with 5 years experience

$59,580

Post-doctoral with 6 years experience

$61,800

Post-doctoral with 7+ years experience

$64,008

Taxability of Stipends

Since the Income Tax Reform Bill of 1986, fellowship stipends are taxable.

Income Supplements

NIH stipulates that T-32 Fellows may not moonlight more than 10 hours per week. If Fellows 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 is $38.00 per hour.

In some cases, moonlighting is arranged outside of CAAS. In such cases, the recommended rate remains $38.00 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 mentor and the supervisor on the project 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. Some Fellows may need to pay a psychologist for such supervision occurring outside of his/her regular responsibilities in the training program.