Now I`m at the beginning of my amortization year, I`m looking for jobs and I`m increasingly looking for a new career that certainly won`t meet the depreciation obligation. And there was a great opportunity, in a place that would be perfect for my family, after… What am I supposed to do? You are applying and (if a position is offered) do you ask to delay the launch by an additional 9 months? Do you accept a position and will you suffer a huge loss in my net income if I pay my training scholarship? Don`t apply now and just hope that another opportunity arises when the time is right? If you are not familiar with this depreciation agreement, you will find here an article that covers most of the problems and risks, in short: some NIH training scholarships (i.e. institutional T32 or postdoctoral 32) require a signed contract to “repay” the time sponsored by financial aid, or by working at least 20 hours per week in research , or through an associate position (including teaching). who works in the industry and many others at the discretion of the NIH), or literally reposing the money that has been granted to you. NiH does not have the authority to waive or remove the SRA`s amortization requirements, as requested by the RNA`s enabling status. Only Congress can change that. According to the NHL statement, “[t]he program directors and corporate officials of the institutes are invited” – but apparently not necessary – to divide … Information [on amortization conditions] with future postdoctoral fellows.¬†However, neither Owen`s laboratory head nor the university did, and they are unlikely to be unique in this decisive omission. It is not clear why the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which awards NRA training grants, does not make full transparency a requirement for institutions to have such a program. There is no way of knowing how many other Owens work in American universities, caught up in equally unsustainable agreements punishable by financial necessity and the inability of professors and institutions to provide basic information on job obligations. However, it is clear that a number of such unfortunate events constitute another painful form of abuse by the university establishment against vulnerable young scientists.

If you reach an important agreement, it is always advisable to study the fine print. But to do that, as the former biomedical post-doc we call Owen A, you first need to know that the fine print exists and have access to them. Postdoctoral fellows with an outstanding amortization obligation must submit an annual report to the NRSA Payback Service Center until their amortization obligation is fulfilled. A letter with a link to Ruth L. Kirschstein Annual Payback Activities Certification (APAC) is mailed to participants around the anniversary of their awards ceremony.