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Minimum Salaries for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Graduate Assistant Lecturers

The stipend is financial aid, and the minimum total stipend applies whether the student is on a fellowship, or serving as a TA or RA, regardless of the source of sources of funding.

Total stipends may be paid in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistant lectureships, top offs, various forms of government support, or combinations of these elements. The total must meet or exceed the university minimum stipend, which is calculated as the equivalent of a 50% appointment reflecting up to 20 hours of effort per week during the academic year and, in 12-month fields, 50% effort over the summer.

Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants, research assistants, and graduate assistant lecturers are in The Handbook for Teaching Assistants (TAs), Research Assistants (RAs), and Graduate Assistant Lecturers (ALs), which can be found at http://www.usc.edu/schools/GraduateSchool/current_guidelines_forms.html.

Minimum Stipend Rates for Students on a 9-Month Basis:
Effective as of fall 2017: $26,000
Effective as of fall 2018: $30,000

Minimum Stipend Rates for Students on a 12-Month Basis:
Effective as of fall 2017: $30,000
Effective as of fall 2018: $32,000

For Budget preparation for sponsored research proposal, a minimum of $2,500/month must be provided for 50% effort for work between 9/1/17 and 8/30/18 and a minimum of $2,667/month must be provided for 50% effort for work between 9/1/18 and 8/30/19.

Memo from the Graduate School on Stipends

Minimum Fall 2016 Stipend Rates:
.50 time $ 22,000 for the academic year
.33 time $ 14,667 for the academic year
.25 time $ 11,000 for the academic year

Health and Dental Benefits:
USC health and dental insurance policies and the USC student health center fee will continue to be part of the minimum funding package.

Minimum Salaries for Postdoctoral Scholars

The minimum compensation for postdoctoral scholars (including Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associates, Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellowship Trainees and Postdoctoral Scholar – Teaching Fellows) is $47,476 (12 months).

The category of Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellowship Trainee 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 the postdoctoral scholar must be treated as a fellowship trainee (e.g., will not be assigned duties or tasks by the mentor or University). The category of Postdoctoral Scholar – Fellowship Trainee may not be used for scholars paid from unrestricted university funds.

For more information on Postdoctoral Scholar policies please see http://policy.usc.edu/postdoctoralscholars/.