Post Doctoral Fellowship – Stanford PACS

Applications for a general postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford PACS are currently closed. Please view postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the Project on Democracy and the Internet and the Digital Civil Society Lab.


Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, with the opportunity for a renewal for second year. The successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary team of faculty, postdocs, and PhD students, and will contribute to intellectual life at the Center.

Applications are welcome from scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and social science-related professional schools. We seek to appoint promising postdoctoral scholars who are actively engaged in research on topics related to our core scholarly mission, which is to develop new knowledge about civil society, the impact of philanthropy, and relations between nonprofits, government, and business. It is a broad mandate, open to scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Our recent postdoctoral fellows have studied the uneasy relationship between democracy and philanthropy, associational life in authoritarian societies, environmental movements in China, unequal access to social capital, and the relationship between government provision of social services and the growth of the nonprofit sector.

Visit our current list of postdoctoral fellows, here,  and here for an overview of our research initiatives at PACS.

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. The post-doctoral fellowship program, which began in 2010, is an effort to support young scholars from outside Stanford. The Center also sponsors a Junior Scholars Forum every June in which postdoctoral fellows participate.


We invite applicants from any relevant social science or humanities field, including but not limited to sociology, political science, psychology, economics, philosophy, history, business and public administration, or public policy. Candidates are required to have a PhD by June 30, 2018, but no earlier than June 2015, and should have demonstrated the promise of excellence in research. 


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be appointed for a one-year term beginning on August 1 or September 1, 2018. Competitive salary and health insurance and travel funds. . The program falls under U.S. Immigration J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa activities.

Application Requirements

Application materials should be submitted to the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society via email to using the subject line “PACS Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2019.” The deadline to submit is January 30, 2018.

Please include the following information in electronic format:

  1. Cover letter detailing the reasons for the applicant’s interest in joining the project and coming to Stanford.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Research proposal detailing the research that the fellow would undertake while at Stanford (five page limit).
  4. Writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or a recent published paper.
  5. 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 2018
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation

Please disclose if you have additional funding arrangements.

Questions about the application process or requirements should be directed to Valerie Dao at

Inquiries about the program can be directed either to Faculty Co-Directors Woody Powell or Rob Reich.


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