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For Potential Candidates

Q: Can Stanford PhD students and alumni apply? Can postdoctoral scholars already working at Stanford apply?

Stanford PhDs , as well as postdoctoral scholars already working at Stanford, who meet the qualifications can apply, and their applications will be considered. However, the goal of the fellowship is to bring new talent or new areas of research to Stanford.

Q: What should the one-page cover letter include?

Consider your one-page cover letter as an executive summary of yourself and a kind of 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ to the selection committee.

  1. the interdisciplinary research you want to conduct as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford and the names of the co-hosts nominating you, and of those writing letters of recommendation;
  2. key, relevant elements from your resume;
  3. and perhaps a quote or highlight from nomination and recommendation letters.

Q: What should I include in the one-page summary of research to be conducted at Stanford?

A: The summary should include the primary question(s) you would research and why your inquiry would require an interdisciplinary approach. You should describe how the work of your co-hosts would make them the best Stanford PIs for you to work with. Describe the research strategy you will take. Remember that this is a summary only and, if interviewed, you will have ample opportunity to go into detail.

Q: Can I have additional letters of recommendations submitted on my behalf?

Please submit only two reference letters: one from your PhD advisor and one from whomever you think best.

Q: Can you connect me with faculty co-hosts looking to host an Energy Postdoctoral Fellow?

You will need to reach out to eligible Stanford faculty and SLAC co-hosts directly. You can identify researchers through our energy researchers list or Stanford department websites, and find contact information through Stanford Profiles.

Q: Is this a full-time position and is it only in-person work?

Yes, this is a full-time position performed in person on the Stanford/SLAC campus.

Q: Can I submit additional letters from my institution besides my PhD advisor?

Yes. Your second recommendation letter can come from whomever you think best.

Q: Can I or my references submit materials in Word or other non-.pdf formats?

No. Please upload all documents in .pdf format.

Q: Can I get an extension and submit my application after the deadline?

To ensure fairness in the process, applicant materials must be received by the deadline to be considered. If you have any difficulties uploading your application materials, please contact us at immediately so we can assist you.

Q: Do I need to submit my application using a Gmail account?

A Google ID or Gmail account is required to submit .pdf materials. If you have any technical issues, or do not have a Gmail account, please contact Miki Yu (

Q: How do I know my application is complete and my nomination and letters of recommendation have been received?

After completing the Application form (Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellows: 2022 Application), the acknowledgement message reads:

"Thank you for your application.
Please email with any questions."

If any of the letters listed in your application were not received, you will be notified and given 48 hours to have the recommendations submitted and considered as part of your application.

Q: Will I be notified if I am not selected to receive a fellowship?

All applicants will be notified whether they are awarded a fellowship or not. We anticipate making the final selections by Jan. 31, 2023.

For Potential Stanford Co-Hosts

Q: Can faculty and SLAC PIs co-nominate more than one candidate this year?

Each faculty member and SLAC PI can co-nominate no more than two candidates each year.

Q: Are faculty members limited to co-hosting only one fellow simultaneously?

Each faculty member can co-host more than one fellow simultaneously.