Genome Training Grant: Terms & Conditions for Postdoctoral Trainees

Stipend:  The NIH NRSA fellowship provides a stipend ranging from $38,496 to $53,112. The level of support is specified by NIH and is based on the number of prior years of postdoctoral experience. The stipend may be augmented by salary for other activities from a nonfederal source.

Going on leave: If you decide to go on leave while receiving GTG support, please contact Brian Giebel (bgiebel [ a t ] uw.edu) with information about your plans.

In the past, Trainees who have decided to go on leave for six months or less during their period of support have generally been able to resume grant support upon their return. However, each case must be considered individually within the context of available funding on the grant. We cannot guarantee that you will be added back.

While exceptions are possible under unusual circumstances, trainees who end up being away for longer than 6 months typically are not added back to the grant upon their return.

Benefits:  Information on available insurance plans and premium rates through UW is available at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/benefits/ . Retirement benefits are not covered. 

Taxability of stipends:  The awardee is responsible for determining his/her tax liability.

Payback agreement:  The first 12 months of NRSA support for postdoctoral research training carries with it a payback obligation to engage in a month of health-related research, research training, or teaching for each month you receive an NRSA award for postdoctoral research training up to and including 12 months. This service must be initiated within two years after termination of NRSA support. Should an NRSA fellow continue on for a second year on the Genome Training Grant, that second year will count as payback, and the fellow will leave the training program with no further service payback obligations.

Continued support:  Following their first year on the training grant, awardees may apply for a second year of support contingent upon satisfactory research progress and participation (see requirements below).

Total number of years of fellowship support:  The GTG generally supports postdoc trainees for up to 2 years. The total number of years that an individual may receive NIH NRSA support as a postdoctoral fellow is 3 years.

Citizenship:  The training fellowships are available only to citizens of the United States or foreign nationals holding Permanent Resident Visas (alien registration receipt card I-151 or I-551).

Ethics:  Fellowship awardees are required under the terms of the training grant to attend departmental ethics training. 

Course requirements:  As part of their interdisciplinary training, trainees are expected to attend at least one seminar outside of their normal research activities each week. Postdoctoral trainees are also encouraged to take elective courses to broaden their interdisciplinary knowledge base.

Does your project include human or animal subjects?  If so, please provide the existing protocol # and approval date or contact the Genome Training Grant assistant if this needs to be set up.