Stipend Information

You will receive a stipend as support for your living and other expenses during this educational experience. Stipend rates are determined by MLEF and are based on your educational level, skills, and experience.

Pay Schedule

Stipends are paid according to the schedule provided to you in your appointment letter. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment.

Stipend amounts are based on your academic status:

  • A weekly stipend of $600 for undergraduate students
  • A weekly stipend of $750 for Master's students
  • A weekly stipend of $850 for Ph.D. students and graduates

In addition, you may be eligible for:

  • Temporary relocation costs to and from your host site
  • Housing allowance based on appointment location (not provided during Technical Forum; see your appointment letter for additional information)
  • Travel reimbursement to the Technical Forum presentations and graduation

Direct Deposit

ORAU strongly encourages you to sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), i.e., direct deposit, for stipend payments. Stipend payments may only be electronically deposited to one acount and not to separate accounts.

EFT requires you to have a U.S. bank account; ORAU cannot transfer funds to foreign institutions.

Other Sources of Income

The primary focus of the program is the educational benefit of the appointment, therefore you may not provide services for compensation to a third party that conflict with your appointment. Awards, prizes, scholarships, Veterans Administration benefits, and other payments may be accepted provided they do not represent dual payment for the same activity.

Taxability of Stipends

For information on tax liabilities and how to file federal tax forms, please contact a licensed tax professional in your jurisdiction. We recommend that you provide your tax preparer with a copy of the most recent Terms of Appointment.

Federal Income Tax

All stipend payments paid by ORAU directly to you are considered taxable by the U.S. federal government, meaning it is your responsibility to report these payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Because you are not an employee, your stipend payments are not considered wages and should not be reported as such. Stipend payments are payments made in order to help defray living expenses while you are engaged in the program at MLEF. For IRS purposes, these payments are considered non-qualified scholarships and fellowships (not tuition and fees). For information on how to report this amount on your federal tax return, refer to IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, which can be downloaded fromwww.irs.gov/formspubs or requested at 1-800-829-3676.

You will not have federal taxes withheld by ORAU from your stipend payments and can expect to receive an annual Statement of Payments letter from ORAU. Designed to help with tax preparation, this statement will be sent by February and will include the total amount of payments made by ORAU to you during the previous calendar year.

Other Taxes

Since stipend payments are awards (not wages), ORAU does not withhold Social Security or Medicare taxes. You are not self-employed, and therefore do not pay self-employment taxes. ORAU also does not withhold state income tax.