Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Stanford Postdoc Handbook


Welcome to Stanford University, where we have a thriving academic community which includes over 1,800 postdoctoral scholars. Stanford prides itself on recruiting skilled and talented scholars from all over the country, and is strongly committed to an affirmative action program for admitting qualified minority applicants for fellowship positions.

What is a "Postdoc?"
A Stanford POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR is a trainee in residence at Stanford University pursuing advanced studies beyond the doctoral level in preparation for an independent career. Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed for a limited period of time and may participate on Stanford research projects and/or may be supported by external awards or fellowships. In all cases, their appointment at Stanford is for the purpose of advanced studies and training under the mentorship of a Stanford faculty member.

This handbook is intended to provide key information scholars will need to get started, survive and thrive at Stanford University. Use the "Search Handbook" field or the "Table of Contents" links at left to find specific topics.


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