Stanford University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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The Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, introduced in 2020, represents a new step in diversifying the academic pipeline in the geosciences. We deeply appreciate the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and we define diversity broadly to include diversity of genders, races and ethnicities, cultures, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, veteran status, and work and life experiences. The fellowship is funded by the Morton K. Blaustein Visiting Faculty Fund.

As part of advancing Stanford University’s IDEAL vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University (Stanford Earth) has established the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows program. This fellowship will support two outstanding scholars in the fields of Earth, energy, and environmental sciences, as well as other emerging fields in this area, whose research and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion and scientific excellence within the school.

Stanford Earth Postdoctoral fellows will receive fellowship support and faculty mentoring and will participate in professional development programs as part of the Stanford Earth community. The Stanford Earth fellowship carries an annual stipend of $83,000 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 whose research aligns with their interests (see faculty directory). We especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM as well as those who are in emerging areas of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences that intersect with issues of human impact and equity. Applicants whose work intersects with issues of race and ethnicity are also encouraged to apply to the IDEAL Provostial Early Fellows program.  

Applications for the 2021-2023 Stanford Earth fellows cohort are no longer being accepted. We will be accepting applications for the next cohort starting on October 15, 2022.  If you have any questions about any other postdoc opportunities at Stanford Earth, we encourage you to contact the individual PI about opportunities and also visit the Stanford Postdoctoral Affairs webpage for latest opportunities.  Also, if you have any questions or would like to share your materials broadly, feel free also send your cover letter, current CV, contact information for 2 references, and a Research Statement to We will do our best to let you know if we find any opportunities for you to consider before we open up the application portal for the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows Program in the fall of 2022.  

Application Materials Required

The cover letter (2-page maximum) should address 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 faculty mentor.  

We will begin to consider applications for the second cohort on October 15, 2022. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by that date for full consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the fellowship positions are filled. 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.

Stanford Earth 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.  Stanford Earth 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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