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Compensation and Benefits

[Duke]
Primary source of compensation
Federal research grant/contract
Federal fellowship
Training grant
Non federal nationally awarded grant
University or state funds
Personal sources
Foreign government
Don’t know
Other (specify)

[Brown]
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship
Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellowship
NIH training grant
NSF training grant
Advisor’s grant
Departmental
Other (specify)

[Case Western]
Individual NRSA or other grant
PI’s grant
Institutional NRSA/funding agency grant


[Mass General Hospital]
Are you currently being supported by funds that are the result of a grant proposal…
…that you had no part in writing
…that you wrote or helped to write?
…of which you are the principal investigator?

If yes, what is the source of this funding? Government / Foundation / Industry / [university] / Other _______ / Don’t know

[UNC – suggested for future surveys]
Do you have your own grant?

If yes, what is the source?

If yes, what does it cover? (salary, fringe benefits, travel, etc)

How many grant applications do you write per year?

[Duke]
Gross annual postdoc compensation (gross salary/stipend before taxes) $/year

[Rockefeller]
Are you in favor of a salary minimum for postdoctoral associates and fellows?
Yes
No

[Rockefeller]
Are you in favor of a salary maximum for postdoctoral associates and fellows?
Yes
No

[Rockefeller]
Do you consider the NIH salary amounts as reasonable (minimum = $28,260/maximum = $46,000)?
Yes
No

[Rockefeller]
Do you participate in TIAA-CREF contributions?
Yes
No
Unaware

[Rockefeller]
Are you allocating pre-tax earnings toward medical expenses?
Yes
No
Unaware

[Pitt]
Below are the 2001 NIH salary guidelines for postdocs.
Years of Postdoc experience Salary
0 $28,260
1 $29,832
2 $35,196
3 $36,996
4 $38,772
5 $40,560
6 $42,348
7 or more $44,412

Is your APPROXIMATE current salary:
Below NIH guidelines
At NIH guidelines
Above NIH guidelines

[Scientist]
My principal investigator pays everyone fairly?
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

[Scientist]
The money I receive is adequate to cover my expenses and provide for reasonable leisure activities.
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

[Duke]
If eligible for university benefits, which received?
Health insurance
Dental insurance
Life insurance
Reimbursement account(s)
Retirement benefits
Parental leave
Other benefits (describe)
Legal services

[Duke]
If primary source of health insurance is through university, how satisfied are you with coverage?

Extremely unsatisfied (1) to Extremely satisfied (5)

[Duke]
If either university health or dental insurance is not adequate, what have you experienced or where do you foresee weaknesses?

[UNC]
Is your primary health care coverage provided through (check one)?
___ [university] as a benefit of your postdoctoral program?
___ as a part of your spouse’s employer-provided health care plan
___ independent self-purchased plan

[UNC]
If your primary source of health insurance coverage is through your position as a postdoc at [university], are you satisfied with the health insurance coverage? (circle one)
Very satisfied / generally satisfied / dissatisfied / very dissatisfied / don’t know

[UNC]
If not adequate, where have you experienced or where do you foresee weaknesses?

[UNC]
Have you used Student Health Services since you have been a postdoc at [university]? Yes / no / I get medical care elsewhere
If yes, was your experience there a positive one? Yes / no
If your experience was NOT positive, please briefly state the problem you encountered?


[NSERC]
If holding PDF in Canada, are you responsible for paying basic health coverage (e.g. hospitalization, physician services)?
No
Yes – Annual cost (Cdn$)___________________(single or family?)

[NSERC]
If holding PDF in Canada, are you responsible for paying for discretionary benefits (e.g. dental, vision, long-term disability)?
No
Yes – Annual cost (Cdn$)__________________(single or family?)

[NSERC]
Does your institution contribute financially to either of the above forms of coverage?
No
Yes

[NSERC]
Offering funds to fellows to purchase health insurance requires a reduction in the number of NSERC PDF awards available annually. In the 2001 competition, 636 PDF applications were received and 235 new awards were offered (36.9% success rate). Which of the following options do you most strongly support?

1. increase stipend levels for all PDF holders by a fixed amount (~$1,900/year) representative of the cost to purchase basic health insurance and some discretionary benefits (must cut ~ 12 awards per annum)
2. increase PDF stipend levels to different degrees depending on the location of tenure (Canada ~$950/year and abroad ~$1,900/year; must cut ~ 10 awards per annum)
3. pay PDFs in Canada through their host university, potentially making fellows eligible for university benefits packages; increase stipend levels for PDF holders abroad according to option 1 (must cut ~7 awards per annum)
4. maintain the status quo (no reduction in the number of awards)

[Duke]
Do you currently receive
Vacation time: Yes / No / Not sure / N/A
If yes, how many days/year?
Sick leave: Yes / No / Not sure / N/A
If yes, how many days/year?
Parental leave: Yes / No / Not sure / N/A
If yes, how much?

[Duke]
How do you usually get to and from work?
Personal car
Car / van pool
Bus
Walk
Bicycle
Other (specify)

[Duke]
If [city] had improved facilities for walking and / or biking to work (bike lanes, pedestrian paths, improved road shoulders, etc), would you consider these methods of transportation? Yes / No / Not sure / N/A

[Duke]
If you drive, do you have access to reasonable parking at [university]?

[Duke]
If you drive, where do you park?

[Duke]
How much do you pay for parking? $ / month or $ / year

[Duke]
How would you rate the parking facilities at [university] for postdocs?
Extremely inadequate (1) to Extremely adequate (5)

[Baylor]
Have you ever NOT come to work after hours because you anticipated a parking problem?

[Duke]
Did [university] help you find housing prior to / when you arrived for your postdoc?
Yes / No / Not sure / N/A

If yes, did you
[ ] seek this help
[ ] accept help offered
[ ] decline help offered

[Duke]
Do you
[ ] own a house
[ ] rent/lease a house
[ ] rent/lease an apartment
[ ] share housing costs (i.e. with a roommate)
[ ] other (specify)

[Duke]
How much do you pay per month for housing? $/month

[Duke]
Do you feel that your postdoc salary is adequate to pay for suitable housing?
Extremely inadequate (1) to Extremely adequate (5)

[Duke]
What can [university] do to help with housing issues you may have?

[Stanford]
How many non-family housemates do you have? ______

[Stanford]
How many miles is it from your residence to (fill university) workplace? ______

[Stanford]
Would you say that the distance of your residence from work is:
Convenient
Inconvenient
Neither convenient or inconvenient

[Stanford]
How much would you estimate is your monthly commuting cost? _______

[Stanford]
Would a rent subsidy or affordable on-campus housing improve you experience at (fill university)?
Yes
No

[Scientist]
The institution provides housing subsidies, on-campus housing, or low-interest loan programs to offset the cost of living in my community.
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Agree
Strongly agree

[Duke]
What other benefits would you like to see offered at [university]?

[UC Davis]
Is childcare an important issue for you? Yes / no / no opinion

[UC Davis]
Would you use campus housing if available to postdocs? Yes / no / no opinion

[Duke]
Would you be interested in
A seminar on the current postdoc benefits package? Yes / No / Not sure
A seminar on general financial management?
A university Postdoc Association newsletter?
A university postdoc information manual?
A postdoc seminar series?

[Duke]
If ineligible for or do not receive university benefits, would you be interested in the following additional coverage if it was offered to you and your family at a reasonable monthly cost (i.e. what these cost if offered to faculty/staff):

Health insurance (yes / no / not sure / N/A)
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Prescription drugs
Disability:
Short-term
Long-term
Life insurance
Retirement program
Child care services or supplements
Credit union access
Parking passes
Gym passes

[UNC]
Out-of-pocket monthly expenses
___ rent or ___ mortgage (check one please) $ ____
childcare $___
parking $___

[Stanford]
Do you have a student loan that is currently deferred?
Yes
No

If so, is deferral dependent on your student status?
Yes
No

[U Chicago]
During the past year, how many times have you and your dependents required unexpected medical intervention (besides routine check ups)?
Drop down box with options

[U Chicago]
Do you or any of your dependants have a chronic medical condition that require constant medical treatment?
Yes
No

[Stanford]
Have you delayed or forgone treatment because of inadequate or non-existent insurance for:
Medical – Yes/No
Mental Health – Yes/No
Dental – Yes/No
Vision – Yes/No

[Stanford]
Do you participate in a university sponsored retirement program?
Yes
No

[Stanford]
How important is it that your university allow postdocs to participate in a university sponsored retirement plan?
Very important
Important
Not very important
Don’t care

[Stanford]
Are you covered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Short/Long Term Disability policy?
Yes
No
Don’t know

[Rockefeller]
How satisfied are you with the following social services? Please indicate the number according to the following scale: 5 = excellent to 1 = poor, U = unaware of service/non-existent service.

a. Exercise facilities
b. Faculty club
c. Social activities
d. Barbeque facilities
e. Store discounts
f. Movie/music/theater discounts
g. Visa assistance
h. Housing assistance
i. Tax advice
j. Credit references
k. Social security
l. Drivers license
m. English language courses

[Duke]
How often do you use the following internet resources for postdocs?
Postdoc network: often / sometimes / rarely / never / never heard of it
University postdoc association listserv:
Postdoc association website

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