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Georgia Tech believes that postdocs should be compensated at a level appropriate to their advanced education and training, as well as their value to the research enterprise. Georgia Tech requires that all full time Postdoctoral Fellows and research faculty members be paid at least $47,476 per year ($3,956.33 per month). In some disciplines, market rates and/or guidance by external funding agencies suggest higher minimum rates and in those cases, our recommendation follows that guidance (e.g., in the biological sciences, the National Institutes of Health publishes NRSA stipend levels). 

Georgia Tech strongly encourages linking performance evaluations to annual salary raises when feasible based on funding. When possible, an annual escalation of postdoc salaries should be written into the budget of grant applications.

For Postdoctoral Scholars, the terms of the award dictate the stipend amount and any increases; these are outside the jurisdiction of Georgia Tech. Stipends may be supplemented by the supervisor or unit, if allowable under the terms of the award. Stipends and stipend supplements usually need to be provided via Georgia Tech Accounts Payable, if not provided directly from the sponsor to the individual, and reported on a 1099 form to comply with federal tax regulations. Requests to provide fellowship recipients with a part-time salary for services rendered that are separate from the fellowship obligations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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