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GIM 5
Attachment A

Public Health Service Policy with Respect to Financial Supplementation of Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Trainees

An institution is allowed to provide funds to an individual in addition to the stipends paid by PHS. Such additional amounts may either be in the form of augmented stipends, i.e., "supplementation" provided without obligation to the fellow or trainee according to institutional policy, or in the form of compensation (salary and/or tuition remission) for services such as teaching or serving as a laboratory assistant. However, funds characterized as "compensation of students" that meet the requirements under "Salaries and wages-compensation of students" in this section are not considered. Also, assistance under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act ("G.I. Bill") is not considered as supplementation. Under no circumstances, however, should the service requirements detract from or prolong the training.

Institutions can determine what amount of supplementation, if any, will be provided their own formally established policies governing supplementation. The institution's policies on supplementation must also include a means to ensure that those policies are followed consistently. The policies must be documented and are subject to audit. No Federal (grant) funds may be used for supplementation unless specifically authorized under the terms of both the program from which such supplemental funds are to be received, and the program whose funds are to be supplemented. This is not intended to discourage the use of Federal loan Funds.

However, funds characterized as "compensation of students" that meet the requirements under "Salaries and wages-compensation of students" in this section are not considered stipend supplementation.

SOURCE: PHS Grants Policy Statement
(OASH) 82-50,000
(Rev) December 1, 1982