Post Doctoral Fellowships



Postdoctoral Fellowships 

Application deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015 by 5:00pm PST

Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society invites applications for a one or two-year postdoctoral fellowships. The Center will award up to three fellowships for a postdoctoral fellow to spend time at Stanford and participate in Center activities. Applications are welcome from scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and social science related professional schools. 

Each fellow will be affiliated the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and potentially a department or school at Stanford University. The postdoctoral fellowship provides scholars with the opportunity to pursue original research related to philanthropy, social innovation, civic engagement and civil society and to work closely with a Stanford faculty member, while participating in program activities, specifically our PhD workshop, center initiatives, and public events. There will be ample time for fellows to pursue their current line of scholarship, although we also expect that they will collaborate with Stanford scholars and pursue research in tandem with their faculty sponsor.

Stanford University faculty members who are potential sponsors of a postdoctoral fellow include the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Faculty Co-Directors Paul Brest, Woody Powell, and Rob Reich. A longer list of potential faculty is available on the website under the link for the faculty steering committee. The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is an affiliate of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). Since 2006, the Center has supported PhD students and undergraduates from across the university and the post-doctoral fellowship program, begun in 2010, is our effort to fund research from outside Stanford. We also sponsor a Junior Scholars Forum every June in which Postdoctoral fellows participate.

The annual fellowship stipend is $50,000, plus the standard benefits that postdoctoral fellows at Stanford University receive. The fellowship program falls under U.S. Immigration J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa activities.

Applications should be submitted electronically to the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society via email to using the subject line "PACS Post-Doctoral Fellowship." Please include the following information in your application:

  • Cover letter: detailing the reasons for the applicant's interest in coming to Stanford and an indication as to which faculty members they would be interested in working with should that faculty member have a reciprocal interest.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Fellowship proposal: detailing the research that the fellow would undertake while at Stanford (five page limit).

  • Writing sample: consisting of either a dissertation chapter or a recent published paper.

  • Graduate Transcript: with proof that applicants have completed all the requirements for the PhD, or a letter from their PhD advisor stating they will do so by June 2013.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation.

  • Please disclose if you have additional funding arrangements.

To assume a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, you must have a PhD in hand by July 1, 2015. We will not consider applications from scholar who earned a PhD earlier than May 1, 2012.

The next deadline for submission is January 9, 2015 by 5:00pm PST.

Questions about the application should be directed to Sam Spiewak, at

Inquiries about the program can be directed to either Kim Meredith, Executive Director or Faculty Co-Directors: Rob Reich or Walter Powell.


Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Ruth Levine (JD/MA, Stanford University)

Yan Long (PhD, Sociology and Women's Studies, Univ of Michigan)

Emma Saunders-Hastings (PhD, Government, Harvard University)


Past Recipients

Chiara Cordelli

Lecturer, Politics - University of Exeter


Valeska Korff

Junior Professor, Department of Economics and Social Sciences – University of Potsdam


Andrew Woods

Assistant Professor of Law – University of Kentucky College of Law