Current SIUC Employees
Check with your OSPA Research Project Specialist for current monthly salary information for any participating SIUC employee.
Graduate Assistantship Salaries
GA Salary rates can be found in the link below. A graduate assistant supported by an external grant is paid the rate of the unit of the principal investigator. Units without established rates pay the rate of the unit in which the student is enrolled.
The standard graduate assistantship is one-half time (50%). OSPA budget spreadsheets should be set up to use the full-time (100%) rate at half-time (50% or 0.5) effort.
- FY 19 Graduate Assistant Rates (rates applicable to future years until further notice)
Postdoctoral Fellows are contracted through the Graduate School. Effective March 1, 2016, the salary rates for Fellows will vary depending on the level agreed upon by the unit and the post-doctoral fellow, but at no less than the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. The current fringe benefit rate to be applied to a Fellow position is listed in the Fringe Benefit Rate schedule below.
Fringe benefits must be budgeted in grants for all SIU personnel who have salary being charged to the grant. Standard fringe benefits are not budgeted for graduate assistants or student workers (see below).
SIUC’s Facilities & Administrative (F&A, or indirect) cost rates, set by the federal government, have now established all fringe benefit rates—medical (including health, dental, and life insurance) and retirement/Medicare—as a single percentage of salary. The current Fringe Rate Agreement can be found here.
Fringe Benefit Rates
|Graduate Students||50% of Primary Care Fee. See tables below.|
*This rate is effective for budget periods after June 30, 2018.
Currently, the SMB fee is assessed by Student Health Services at $18.25 per credit hour. When including a GA in your proposal budget, Principal Investigators/Project Directors are required to budget for 50% of the appropriate SMB fee for each semester the GA will be employed by the project. For budgeting purposes, the SMB cannot be prorated for a GA working a partial semester on the project.
Budgets should be prepared assuming fifteen (15) graduate credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters and nine (9) credit hours for the Summer semester.
PIs/PDs should budget the following semester rates:
Proposals that include salary support for graduate students may also include tuition if allowable by the sponsor. Tuition information and rates can be found here. A 3% increase should be budgeted for tuition included in future periods. Tuition costs charged directly to a sponsored project are not subject to indirect costs (F&A).
Cost of Graduate Student Tuition
|Type of Project||On-Campus Project Rate||Off-Campus Project Rate|
|Other Sponsored Activities||31%||26%|
The current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement can be found here.