Policies and Procedures

All postdoc policies and procedures are contained with the Postdoc Handbook, an important resource for all Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) postdocs. It outlines requirements for and terms of appointment, policies regarding vacation, leave and benefits, and includes relevant institutional policies and procedures such as Responsible Conduct in Research. The Handbook also includes a variety of resources that can help move research forward, serve as sources for advice, and generally enrich postdoc life ISMMS.

The duration of a postdoctoral fellowship at ISMMS is limited to five years. This policy follows recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences to improve the educational experience and career development of postdoctoral fellows nationwide. You may review our comprehensive set of implementation guidelines to support you during this transition; “Five-Year Term Guidelines for Postdoctoral Trainees and Mentors”. The Five-Year Term Guidelines was developed largely by our Postdoctoral Executive Committee. We would like to emphasize that the 5-year limit is only for the duration of the post-doctoral status. We encourage mentors to consider promoting postdocs to Instructor or Assistant Professor positions after that time.


As a postdoc at ISMMS you are eligible for a number of benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage, along with a variety of life insurance and disability plans. ISMMS’ BeneFlex program allows you to tailor these options to suit your own needs. Descriptions of policies and options are available through Human Resources on the intranet. Benefits start on the first day of the month following your appointment. In addition, short-term insurance to cover any coverage time gaps is available through these vendors:


ISMMS requires that all principal investigators adhere to, as a minimum, the current NIH postdoctoral stipends. In the event that a postdoctoral fellow receives outside funding from another institution, the stipend must be supplemented to reach the minimum levels stipulated by the NIH. ISMMS strongly recommend and encourage mentors to go above the NIH minimum by $3,000 to meet the cost of living in New York City.

When the NIH increases stipend levels, it is expected that the stipends for the ISMMS postdoctoral fellows will be raised to match the new levels as soon as possible. There may be a delay that is stipulated by the funding source.

Below are the mandatory stipends for postdoctoral fellows at ISMMS. You may pay a postdoctoral fellow a stipend/salary above the stipend level.

Years of Postdoctoral ExperienceStipend
0 $43,692
1 $45,444
2 $47,268
3 $49,152
4 $51,120
5 $53,160
6 $55,296
7 $57,504