Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Position description

The goal of the Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship is to bring together the brightest minds in energy from around the world to develop knowledge necessary to realize that vision. Fellows will work with at least two faculty members from different academic departments and interact with other fellows across the energy research spectrum: from science and engineering to policy and economics. As a result, fellows early in their careers can develop a more holistic view of the energy transition and sustainability, broaden their base of knowledge, or pursue a new area of expertise.

We plan to select up to 10 fellows every year. Each fellow will be supported for up to three years with an $85,000 annual salary, up to $8,000 per year for research and conference expenses, as well as benefits, including health care coverage. The fellowship includes activities to build strong interaction among the fellows and within the Stanford/SLAC community, as well as engagement with industry and government.


  • The fellowship covers all areas of science, engineering, economics, policy, and the social sciences. PhD students demonstrating cross-discipline studies are particularly welcome. Eligible candidates would have their PhD completed between Aug. 31, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2023.
  • Each fellow must be co-hosted by two faculty-level researchers in different departments at Stanford. Staff scientists and engineers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with principal investigator status can co-host, but at least one co-host must be a Stanford faculty member.
  • To find out if a SLAC staff scientist or engineer has PI status, go to and enter their name. If their job title is staff scientist, lead scientist, senior scientist, distinguished scientist, staff engineer, lead staff engineer, senior staff engineer, or distinguished staff engineer, then they have PI status. (Other titles do not have PI status.)
  • On the same directory, Stanford faculty members will have the title of assistant professor, associate professor or professor. (Adjunct faculty, lecturers and academic staff are not members of the university faculty.)
  • Citizenship is not a selection factor. However, non-U.S. scholars must have or be able to obtain a visa (with sponsorship from Stanford). 


  • One-page cover letter summarizing the materials below.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • One-page summary of research to be conducted at Stanford.
  • A nomination letter, to be written and signed by two PI co-hosts, and uploaded by one of them.
  • Two additional recommendation letters, one of which must come from the candidate’s PhD thesis advisor, to be uploaded by them.

The application, nomination letter and letters of recommendation can be submitted below.


  • Application period is open from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2022.
  • Contact two PIs at Stanford and/or SLAC who will commit to co-host the nominee. At least one of the two co-hosts must be a Stanford faculty member.
  • During December, final candidates will be scheduled for Zoom interviews in January.
  • Final decisions by Jan. 31, 2023.
  • Begin fellowship between March 1 and the beginning of Autumn Quarter 2023 (mid-Sept.)

The deadline for submissions is
5 pm PDT (12 am GMT) on Oct. 31, 2022.

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