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The Precourt Institute for Energy is now part of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

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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.

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  • 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 Sept. 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2023.
  • Each fellow must be co-hosted by two faculty-level researchers in different departments at Stanford.
  • At least one co-host must be a Stanford faculty member. To find out if someone is a Stanford faculty member go to and enter their name. If they have the title of assistant professor, associate professor or professor, they are a member of the faculty. (Adjunct faculty, lecturers, visiting scholars, academic staff, etc. are not members of the faculty.)
  • Staff scientists and engineers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with principal investigator status can co-host.
  • Senior staff scientists, including emeritus, at Carnegie Institution for Science's two departments at Stanford – Department of Plant Biology and Department of Global Ecology – can co-host. To find out if someone in one of those two departments is a senior staff scientist, visit the People page of the department website linked here. If the person has any title other than "senior staff scientist" or "senior staff scientist emeritus," then they are not eligible to co-host a Stanford Postdoctoral Energy Fellow.
  • 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 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.)

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Our team welcomes your application.

For general questions, or if you have any difficulties completing the application form or submitting documents, please email:

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