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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
Stanford, California
Annual stipend of $85,000 for up to two years and includes a research stipend of $10,000/year.
Closing date
Dec 14, 2022

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Biogeosciences, Environmental justice, Policy
Job Type
Postdoc Fellowship
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The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Dean's Postdoctoral Fellows Program:

As part of advancing Stanford University's IDEAL vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its research community, this fellowship supports outstanding scholars in the fields of Earth, oceans, energy, and civil and & environmental engineering, as well as other emerging fields in sustainability, including research fields that intersect with societal issues, whose research and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and scientific excellence within the Doerr school of Sustainability.

The Dean's Postdoctoral fellows will receive fellowship support and faculty mentoring and will participate in professional development programs as part of the school community. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $85,000 for up to two years and includes a research stipend of $10,000/year.

How to Apply: 

Candidates are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty mentors in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability whose research aligns with their interests (see Doerr School of Sustainability faculty directory website). We especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM as well as those who are in emerging areas related to Earth sciences, oceans, energy, civil & environmental engineering, and the broader field of sustainability that intersect with issues of human impact and equity.

This application portal for the next cohort is now open and can be accessed here. Applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadline of December 14th, 2022. The application portal asks prospective candidates to submit a cover letter (2-page max), diversity statement (2-page max), research statement (2-page max), current CV, and contact information for 2 references. If candidates have any questions about the application portal, please feel free to visit postdoc program website or contact us at

We will not be asking applicants to send full letters of recommendations during the first round of evaluations-we will request letters from recommenders only during the finalists round. We will do our best to complete the evaluation process by March-April 2023. 

All are welcome to apply, and candidates will be evaluated based on their potential to support the school's commitment to diversity and research excellence, as well as a faculty mentor's ability to support the candidates' research goals and to advance an inclusive working environment in the school.

About Application Materials:

The cover letter (2-page maximum) should provide the committee with an overview of why the applicant would be a great fit for the Dean's postdoc fellowship program, and how it would help the candidate not only in advancing research and knowledge but also in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Stanford and in their respective field. The cover letter should provide an overview of the applicant's past experiences and accomplishments, as well as future goals and directions, that demonstrate a dedication to research excellence and diversity within the broader field of sustainability.

The diversity statement (2-page maximum) should expand upon the applicant's experiences with diversity in research, teaching, and/or service, and the candidate's potential to support the School's commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.

The research statement (2-page maximum) should describe accomplishments, current work, future research direction, and impacts of work with a potential Stanford Doerr school faculty mentor.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability deeply appreciates the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and defines diversity broadly to include (among other things) diversity of genders, races and ethnicities, cultures, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, veteran status, and work and life experiences. The school welcomes all who would bring diversity of perspective to the School's research and teaching missions. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and consistent with its obligations under the law prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.

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