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Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative at the School of Medicine (PRISM)

Stanford PRISM – March 23-25, 2017

We invite all graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in the biosciences, to apply for the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative at the School of Medicine (PRISM) postdoc interview opportunity. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Stanford PRISM enables students who might not typically consider a postdoc at Stanford the opportunity to see first-hand if Stanford would be a good match for them.

Postdoctoral training is a critical period for establishing research independence. At Stanford, postdocs work alongside the top scientists and at the same time develop their professional skills, explore career options, and prepare for independent careers. Stanford has one of the largest populations of postdocs in the country and a strong commitment to making the postdoc experience the best it can possibly be.

Here’s how Stanford PRISM works:

Fill out our online application. You will need your CV, a research statement, a recommendation from your mentor, and the names of up to 3 faculty in the School of Medicine that you would be interested in working with [LINK: Faculty]. Feel free to contact those faculty now if you like. We will ensure that there is mutual interest and space for a postdoc as part of the selection process.

If your application is selected, we will arrange for you to travel to campus and stay for two nights. During your stay, you will meet with faculty you have identified as sharing your research interests as well as with current postdocs.

Preliminary schedule:

March 23: Day 1 – Fly in, meet your roommate, join us for a reception including postdoctoral representatives from our postdoc groups and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

March 24: Day 2 – Get up early! Have breakfast with us, and postdoc hosts will take you to your first lab. Individual schedules will be arranged ahead of time. Lunch, unless otherwise indicated, will be with postdocs. Afternoon visits with a 2nd lab if requested. Dinner with postdocs.

March 25: Day 3 – Explore the Bay area with our postdocs. Activities include local hiking, campus tour, trip to San Francisco. Fly out at the end of the day.

The Application

Key Dates for 2016-17
Application Deadline Jan. 21, 2017, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), including recommendation letter.
Notification of Decisions Mid-Feb. 2017
To Apply

Go to (Application only visible during the application period.)

*Note: CV and Research Statement uploading through the application will be unavailable until 1/10/17. Feel free to submit your application now, and we will send instructions for those uploads on 1/10/17.

Applicants must:

  • Identify 2-3 Stanford School of Medicine faculty (see Faculty tab above) as potential postdoctoral mentors
  • Fill out the Application Form on*
  • Upload the following:
    • CV
    • Letter of Reference from their Graduate Advisor
    • Research Statement

*Please begin the online application with enough time to allow the system to solicit the required letter prior to the application deadline.


Any Stanford School of Medicine faculty member is eligible to be a potential mentor for incoming postdocs in the PRISM program. We will work to ensure mutual interest, but feel free to contact faculty members directly as well.

Details about individual faculty member are available via Community Academic Profiles (CAP).

Potential mentors can be found in the following department websites:

Basic Science Departments

Clinical Science Departments

Cancer Clinical Trials

Epithelial Biology


Finding a Faculty Mentor: Click HERE for document






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