Parental Leave Policy

In accordance with the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) parental leave policy, the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences recognizes that balancing work and family responsibilities is a challenge for scientists and scholars, and can be especially difficult for graduate students. The Division, like the NIH, recommends that graduate students receive extended stipend support to trainees for up to 60 days of parental leave for the adoption or birth of a child. This recommendation is an important step toward ensuring that our trainees with care giving responsibilities will have the financial support they need during this critical stage of their research careers.

Adapted from the Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award (NRSA) and Dr. Richard B. Marchase’s letter of July 1, 2009 on behalf of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). This recommendation was approved by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Steering Committee on January 5, 2010