Free open Job in North, South & Central America Postdoctoral Fellowships at Stanford University

About the Fellowships

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society brings promising new scholars to Stanford University for 1-2 year appointments as postdoctoral fellows. 

Currently Stanford PACS is accepting applications for two postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for the 2020-21 academic year:

Each fellow will be affiliated with the relevant Stanford PACS initiative (either the Digital Civil Society Lab or the Program on Democracy and the Internet) and potentially also with a department or school at Stanford University.

The annual fellowship stipend is $67,000, plus the standard benefits that postdoctoral fellows at Stanford University receive, including health insurance and travel funds. The fellowship program falls under U.S. Immigration J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa activities.

The start date of the fellowship will be September 2020, unless otherwise agreed. To assume a postdoctoral fellowship, scholars must have a PhD in hand by July 1, 2020. We cannot consider applications from scholars who earned a PhD earlier than May 1, 2018.

For both of these fellowships, we encourage applications from candidates representing a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, law, computer science and engineering. 

How to Apply 

To be considered for a postdoctoral fellowship with either the Program on Democracy and the Internet or with the Digital Civil Society Lab, submit an application via the online application portal. 

Applicants will be asked to include the following: 

  • Cover letter detailing the reasons for the applicant’s interest in the fellowship;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Fellowship proposal detailing the research that the applicant would undertake while at Stanford, and how it fits within the research agenda of the specific initiative to which the applicant is applying. In this section, please disclose if you have additional funding arrangements.
  • Writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or a recent published paper. There are no specific page length or formatting requirements for this sample;
  • Graduate transcript with proof that the applicant has completed all the requirements for the PhD, or a letter from their PhD advisor stating when they will do so;
  • Two (or more) Letters of Recommendation. These should be submitted via the application portal.


Questions about the Program on Democracy and the Internet should be directed to Eloise Duvillier at

Questions about the Digital Civil Society Lab should be directed to Heather Noelle Robinson at

Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching mission.