Unintended Consequences

April 17, 2010

Do the post-docs and their supporters who are agitating for a dramatic 6% increase in the NIH post-doctoral fellowship stipend levels understand that–because this scale is frequently applied by institutions to post-doc salaries supported by research grants and because research grant budgets have been and will continue to be flat–this is going to force layoffs and/or attrition of 6% of non-fellowship (which are the vast majority) post-doc positions?