Research Fellow Trainee Special Information

 As soon as you know that you have received training funding, please make an appointment with Irene McKirgan irene.mckirgan@Vanderbilt.Edu to pick up the Gallagher or Garnett-Powers Trainee Health Insurance Brochure.

***Please self enroll in health insurance as soon as possible. 

You must enroll within 30 days.***

Trainees Enroll at the link below:
VU Trainees: Gallagher Vanderbilt Plan for Postdoctoral Trainees
​VUMC Trainees: Garnett-Powers Vanderbilt Plan for Postdoctoral Trainees 
(ONLY fellows paid by training grants or fellowships -employee postdoctoral fellows do NOT enroll in this plan. 

Employee postdocs enroll in Vanderbilt Human Resources Health Insurance plans:   
VU Employee Postdocs: VU Human Resources Benefits
VUMC Employee Postdocs: VUMC Human Resources Benefits

Research Fellow Trainees are chosen for individual slots in one of our institutional Training Grant Programs or they have been awarded their own funding as fellowships.  Either way, they have been chosen based on their proven potential for success. 

The award of a training grant position or an NIH Fellowship is an honor.  Recipients are to be congratulated!

Trainee postdocs serve side-by-side in the lab with employee postdocs.  Trainees are simply funded by a different type of grant.  Although they do not receive employee benefits, they DO recieve employee "perks."

Trainees receive a stipend rather than a salary.  Stipends may be deposited directly into your bank account. Withholdings from stipends are not allowed.  Trainees do not receive a W-4 or a 1099.

You may enroll for automatic deposit of your stipend by logging in to C2HR.  Your stipend will be deposited on the last business day of each month (VU postdocs only) and you will receive a notification by email.

Trainee Benefits are provided through Gallagher (VU) or Garnett Powers and Associates (VUMC) and the trainees meet annually with them to review the health plans for postdoctoral trainees.

The Trainee Benefits Program coverage begins on the start date of trainee appointment.  Most trainee postdocs funded by training grants do not pay a monthly contribution for individual insurance coverage. Contact your departmental administrator to find out if monthly contribution is required for family coverage.

You are always welcome to set up an appointment to go over any of these issues in the Postdoctoral Office in the Graduate School.  Email for an appointment.

Information about the NIH Payback Agreement

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will process deferment forms for Postdoctoral Research Fellow Trainees on training grants.  Eligibility for Deferments.