african american professional standing in front of a library of books [View Image]For the three types of postdoctoral scholars, please refer to the policy.
Listed below you will find letter templates. While you do not have to use them, please keep in mind that all appointment letters must contain the following information as stated in the policy:
If an appointment is renewed or extended, a letter documenting the renewal of the appointment containing the information as described above must be provided to the individual.
Starting salaries/stipends for all postdoctoral scholars, regardless of their source of funding, are expected to meet the minimum standards established by the Fair Labor Standards Act for exempt employees, relevant regulatory bodies, the Office of Postdoctoral Services or sponsor requirements, whichever is higher. A department/school may establish a higher minimum salary/stipend level for postdoctoral scholars paid within that school. Each department/school should establish compensation levels based on experience and the usual standards for payment of postdoctoral scholars/trainees in the relevant discipline.
The minimum postdoctoral salary/stipend will be $47,476 unless stipulated below:
School of Medicine: All new postdoctoral hires must meet the minimum Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA stipend level in effect at the time of appointment. The current FY21 NRSA minimum stipend level is $53,760, as outlined in NOT-OD-21-049. The School of Medicine requires that all proposal submissions include at least the minimum stipend in effect at the time of proposal submission.
As stated in the policy, the faculty mentor of a postdoctoral scholar must complete an annual written evaluation of the scholar’s performance. The evaluation process should be based on expectations that have been established for the postdoctoral scholar and on their progress toward overall career goals. These expectations should be developed in writing with the postdoctoral scholar at the beginning of the appointment period, with opportunity for review and revision as the appointment progresses. The evaluation process should include the opportunity for the scholar to respond in writing to the evaluation.
Below, you will find examples of evaluation forms:
Postdoc research and career progress: Annual review
University of California, San Diego postdoctoral scholar annual review form