Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholar Status

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.

(See the Research Policy Handbook chapter regarding Postdoctoral Scholars.)


Postdoctoral Scholars are registered as non-matriculated, non-degree seeking students with the University. The classification of scholars as students, among other things, allows deferment of student loans.

Full-Time status

Scholars are full-time. Reduction in effort is only permitted in limited and temporary circumstances as described in University Policy, upon approval by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


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