Stanford Science Fellows

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Publish Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Stanford University
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Stanford Science Fellows program is focused on incubating new directions in foundational scientific research by an interdisciplinary community of exceptional postdoctoral scholars from around the globe, driven by a sense of wonder about the natural world.

The goals of the Stanford Science Fellows program are:

  • To deepen our understanding of the natural world by advancing and bridging disciplines in the physical, mathematical, and life sciences.
  • To provide opportunities for exceptionally qualified early-career scientists to develop academic leadership skills focused on fostering scientific discovery, developing interdisciplinary approaches to foundational scientific research, and broadening science communication skills.
  • To recognize and support scholars who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, including those from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
  • To build community at Stanford around frontier research challenges.

Stanford Science Fellows will have access to faculty and facilities within Stanford’s Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Earth and at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The program will include community-building activities to foster career development and leadership skills, as well as workshops, seminars, informal lunches and dinners, and discussions with Stanford faculty and visitors on current topics throughout the natural sciences.

Stanford Science Fellowships are intended for exceptional early-career scientists with great promise who have recently been awarded their PhD (within three years of starting the fellowship, but with no more than two years of prior postdoctoral experience) or will be awarded their PhD by the start of the fellowship (between July 1 and September 1, 2020) and who intend to pursue experimental and/or theoretical research and training in any natural science discipline. Fellows will hold primary appointments in an academic unit in any participating school appropriate to their research interests.

Candidates will be evaluated by a committee of Stanford faculty from departments across the natural sciences. Each applicant is encouraged to use their research statement to identify faculty members with whom they wish to collaborate. Each fellow will participate in one or more faculty research groups. Members of the fellows selection committee will assist in establishing those relationships. The selection process includes interviews with promising candidates identified by review of application materials.

The following materials are required for the application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications, full legal name, contact information, and (expected) date of PhD, which must be received by the start of the fellowship.)
  • Three letters of recommendation; one letter from the candidate’s PhD advisor is advised.
  • A statement (up to 2 pages) about the candidate’s career goals, relevant experience, and how the candidate would contribute to the goals of the Stanford Science Fellows Program
  • A research statement (up to 2 pages) addressing the following questions:
    • What is the research problem?
    • What could be accomplished on a 3- to 5-year timescale?
    • How can Stanford enable these accomplishments?

Applications are due by November 1, 2019. For more information, visit

Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research and teaching mission. International applications are welcome.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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