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Postdoctoral Scholars

Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowships

** Important Dates for Fall 2015 **

To Apply: (application only visible during application window)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 3rd at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time; including letter of recommendation)

Notification of Awards: Early Dec. 2015

Award start date: Jan. 1, 2016 (cannot be changed)

Funding Period: Jan. 1, 2016-Dec. 31, 2016

Please check this page regularly for up-to-date information.

The Fellowship


Eligibility Criteria

Selection Criteria

Funding Requirements and Guidelines

How to Apply

The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowships encourage and support young investigators in the first two years of their postdoctoral (Ph.D. or M.D.) research training at the School of Medicine and who are under the mentorship of faculty in the School of Medicine.   With the goal to support current postdocs and to facilitate the recruitment of new scholars, support of a Dean's fellowship is often used as "seed" money while outside funds are sought.  The stipend for the Jan. 2016-Dec. 2016, and July 2016-June 2017 cycles will be $25,000.  

The following information includes eligibility criteria, additional application guidelines, selection criteria, funding information and a list of the required application materials.

Applicants are expected to ensure that both they and their faculty sponsor meet all eligibility criteria listed below and follow the application procedures below. Applications from postdoctoral scholars and/or faculty sponsors who do not meet the fellowship guidelines will not be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee.  

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The applicant must be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine at the time the award begins.  If the applicant is not an appointed scholar at the time of the application deadline, additional documents must be submitted with the application (see application materials below).   
  2. The faculty sponsor must be appointed in the School of Medicine.  (Acting, consulting and courtesy appointees are not eligible.)
  3. Awardees cannot be enrolled in a degree-granting program while funded.
  4. Applicants in the first one or two years of postdoctoral research training are preferred.
  5. Foreign fellows must have visas that allow stipend support (typically a J-1 & F-1 OPT). H1-B and TN visa holders are not eligible.  Citizenship is not a selection factor.
  6. Proposals for second-year funding: This is a one-year fellowship.  Because of the size of the pool the committee will no longer review second year applications.

Additional Application Guidelines: 

  1. Faculty members may not have more than one funded Dean's fellow at a time, except for Assistant Professors who may have two funded scholars at the same time.
  2. A faculty member may not serve as mentor/sponsor on more than one fellowship application per cycle.  This applies to Assistant Professors as well.  
  3. Funding is restricted to support investigative activities.  Awardees must spend at least 80% of their time in research. If effort is reduced to less than 80% research while receiving funding, an exception must be requested and approved in advance.
  4. Funding is limited to stipend support paid directly to the postdoctoral scholar. The award may not be used to support research expenses or towards travel or tuition expenses.  
  5. If the proposed research will involve animal and/or human subjects/protocols, the applicant should apply for the required protocols at the time of submission and not wait to be funded. The award cannot be activated without approved protocols.  The protocols need to list the School of Medicine Dean's Fellowship as a possible funding source.
  6. Re-applications from previous applicants whose applications were not funded are accepted.  Please see application checklist and selection criteria below for more information.

Selection Criteria:

The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship selection committee consists of eight faculty of diverse interests and basic/translational focus.  They assign priority scores to applications based on:

  1. Scientific merit of the proposal and its training relevance.  The proposal must be written by the fellow and reviewed by the faculty sponsor.  Priority is given to proposals of outstanding scientific merit that will provide a novel and complementary training environment for the trainee.
  2. Scientific Potential of the Trainee.  Priority is given to trainees with the potential for independent and innovative biomedical research.
  3. Stage of Training.  Priority is given to those trainees in the early phase of their postdoctoral training.  The stage of funding is defined as the number of years as a postdoctoral fellow since your last doctoral degree.  Clinical residency years are not considered relevant research years. If considerable time has elapsed since the doctoral degree, and that time was not spent engaged in research or clinical residency, the applicant is expected to describe in the application how the time was spent.
  4. Program Participation Requirement. Faculty Sponsor must have fulfilled program participation requirements for her/his previous Dean's Fellowship recipient(s).

Required Program Participation for Awardees and Faculty Sponsors:

For Awardees:

  1. Enroll in the Grant Writing Academy (TBD for non-US citizens);
  2. Submit a brief annual report at the end of the fellowship; and
  3. Attend and present/discuss research at quarterly Dean's Fellowship lunches.

For Faculty Sponsors:

  1. Participate in the Grant Writing Academy (4-hour commitment);
  2. Attend 2 out of 4 quarterly Dean's Fellowship lunches and provide mentorship to the awardees at Dean’s Fellowship events; and
  3. Interview Dean’s Fellowship candidates for next funding cycle.

Note: Faculty Sponsor must fulfill responsibilities before an additional postdoc can apply for the Dean's Fellowship.

Funding Requirements and Guidelines:

Fellows are awarded up to $25,000 per year for stipend support only. Funding starts January 1 for the Fall Cycle and July 1 for the Spring Cycle. If the postdoctoral scholar currently has other fellowships, or has applied to fellowships that may be awarded during the Dean’s Fellowship award year, full disclosure of the amounts and dates of the other award(s) must be made on the BioSketch form.

Applicants should be prepared for the Dean's Fellowship to begin on time (Jan. 1 or July 1) and be awarded for one full calendar year.  The recipient must be in active postdoctoral scholar status at the School of Medicine through the duration of the award.  The award is suspended during any leaves of absence, including maternity leave, but the funds are not forfeited.  Arrangements for re-distribution of the remaining funds or extension of the award year are typically made. 

The Dean’s Fellowship must be made in the form of a stipend to the scholar.  The award may not be used towards research expenses, travel or tuition payments. 

The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to offset existing support from other sources at Stanford rather than add to existing support.  The Dean's fellowship is meant to replace department budgeted funds and not be paid in addition to the normal level of pay.  Postdocs emerging from residency or other clinical training programs may be paid at current PGY levels, if this is the policy of the department.

In accepting this award, the postdoctoral scholar’s home department is responsible for adhering to the funding requirements and guidelines.  If guidelines are not met, the postdoctoral scholar may be asked to return all or part of the fellowship, if any:

Other Concurrent Fellowship Support and Combination of Awards:

If a Dean's Fellowship recipient receives another fellowship award from Stanford or from an outside agency, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs must be notified.  If the two awards combined do not exceed the total support committed to the scholar as part of the terms of appointment, the Dean's Fellowship may be retained.  If the two awards combined exceed the agreed-upon support for the scholar at the time of reviewing the Dean’s Fellowship application, the Dean’s Fellowship award should be adjusted accordingly, up to a complete forfeiture of the award.   If an outside award or other funding is used that exceeds the research or GME pay levels, the Dean's fellowship must be declined/turned back unless an exception is granted.

The Fellowship Committee relies on faculty sponsors to report in writing the receipt of external support, via e-mail to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

HOW TO APPLY - Application Materials:

A complete application must be submitted online by the deadline.

Please carefully read the selection criteria, eligibility criteria, program participation requirements, and funding guidelines before starting the application process.

A complete application consists of:

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Please begin the online application with enough time to allow the system to solicit the required letter prior to the application deadline.

For questions regarding this fellowship, please use HelpSU to submit your inquiry online by selecting "Request Category: Central Office Issues" and "Request Type: Postdoctoral Affairs".

*Page last updated 9/24/15 (AR).

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