Policies

You can find policies related to the appointment, roles, benefits, privileges and obligations of Postdoctoral Scholars at USC here.


Minimum Salaries for Postdoctoral Scholars

Effective December 1, 2016, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule updating salary and compensation regulations, the minimum annual salary for newly hired and renewed appointments for postdoctoral scholars (including postdoctoral research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and postdoctoral teaching fellows) will be $47,476 (12 months).

For details, please visit the USC Postdoc Admin Resource website.

For all new and renewed postdoctoral scholar appointments, the category of postdoctoral fellow may only be used if an external sponsor requires appointment as a student.  Evidence must be provided to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to demonstrate that a student appointment is required. The category of postdoctoral fellow may not be used for newly appointed and renewed scholars paid from unrestricted university funds.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2017.


Grievance Resolution Procedure for Postdoctoral Scholars

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs is committed to supporting and enhancing the postdoctoral experience at USC. Please feel free to reach out to our office if you encounter any difficulties during your stay here at USC.

The postdoctoral scholar grievance policies and procedures outline procedures for resolving academic and non-academic grievances during the course of your postdoctoral appointment at USC. The postdoctoral scholar grievance procedure is designed to supplement and enhance existing university procedures at policy.usc.edu and the postdoctoral scholars policy page.

The grievance resolution procedure applies to postdoctoral scholars appointed under the following job titles: Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate (Job Code 98227), Postdoctoral Scholar – Teaching Fellow (98223), Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellowship Trainee (Job Code 98219), Postdoctoral Scholar –Visiting Fellow (Job code 98229), and Postdoctoral Research Associate (Job Code 98067).

How to File a Grievance.