Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Compensation and Benefits


The Postdoctoral Programs Office requires that new postdoctoral appointees with zero or up to one-year of experience have parity with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stipend levels zero (0). Although the NIH stipend level equivalent is encouraged, annual compensation is based upon productivity and the annual review. Postdocs receive compensation on a monthly basis. Review the most current NIH stipend levels.

Tax Liabilities

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers postdoctoral fellowship stipends as taxable income. US citizens and permanent residents do not have federal tax withheld from their stipends. If one does not have significant withholdings being taken from another income source, postdoctoral fellowship recipients must make estimated quarterly tax payments, as needed, directly to the IRS. Please obtain the estimated tax publications (1040-ES) in order to assess whether or not you will
need to make estimated quarterly tax payments.

Taxes and International Scholars

Unless you qualify under a tax treaty between the United States and your home government, your earnings as a J-1 scholar will be subject to applicable federal, state and local taxes, and employers are required by law to withhold those taxes from your paychecks. More information is available on the International Student and Scholar Services website.


The postdoctoral benefits described below apply to full-time Postdoctoral Scholars and Associates and have a one-year appointment letter dated January 1, 2014 or later. For a summary of postdoctoral benefits, including health insurance, financial security, time off, discounts and other benefits visit HR Benefits.

Health and Dental Insurance

Postdocs can elect one of the following healthcare plans: Aetna Select 1, Aetna Select 2, and Choice POSII HRA. There are two dental insurance options: CIGNA DHMO and Delta Dental PPO. Postdocs and their dependents will be eligible on the first of the next month following 60 calendar days after start date or date of acceptance. The HR Benefits Office must receive enrollment forms at least 30 days prior to your date of coverage. You will also be able to enroll in healthcare plans during the open enrollment period, which takes place in October of each year.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow you to pay certain health and dependent care expenses using pre-tax dollars. WageWorks is the FSA administrator. Contact the Benefits Administration office or WageWorks for deadlines and other details.

Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave

Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars are granted ten (10) days of vacation leave and twelve (12) days of sick leave per annual appointment. Postdocs may accrue sick time but may not carry vacation days over from one year to the next.

Federal Holidays

Postdocs receive all federal holidays recognized by the University of Miami. Please consult the UM holiday list for the most up-to-date listing.

  • Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas. In addition, postdocs at the Medical Campus receive six floating holidays per calendar year.
  • Coral Gables and Marine Atmospheric Sciences: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day after Christmas, New Year’s Eve. In addition, postdocs at these campuses receive three floating holidays per calendar year.

Leaves of Absence

A leave of absence is an approved period of time during which an employee may be absent from work for reasons other than vacation in excess of 14 days. The full policy on Leaves of Absence (D050) (administrative leave, disability leave, medical leave, maternity leave, family and medical leave, military leave, and personal leave) is posted on the “HR Benefits site” University of Miami Request for Leave of Absence Form Administrative/Research/Staff Employees

Tuition Benefits

Tuition remission is a University provided benefit designed to encourage employee and family participation in higher education. As an element of the total compensation package, this benefit is designed to be competitive in supporting a foundational level of higher education. Participation in the tuition remission program supports the overall university interest in personal and professional development.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provides free and confidential consultation and referral services to UM faculty, staff, and retirees, as well as their domestic partners, spouses and dependents.

Discount Program

Postdoctoral Associates and Scholars are eligible for discounts, including the UM Public Transportation Program, hurricane supplies, athletic event tickets, wellness center services and more. For information visit the Employee Discount Program website.