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Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM)

Stanford PRISM Cohort 5: May 20-23, 2020

 

We invite all graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in academia, to apply for the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM) postdoc interview opportunity. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those underrepresented on the basis of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. Stanford PRISM invites students to explore our training environment and to consider whether advanced training at Stanford would support their career goals.

Postdoctoral training is a critical period for establishing research independence. At Stanford, postdocs work alongside 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 postdoc populations in the country and a strong commitment to making the postdoc experience the best it can possibly be.

 

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Here’s how Stanford PRISM works:

Fill out our online application, including your CV, a research statement, a recommendation from your mentor, and the names of up to six Stanford faculty with whom you would be interested in working. We will work with faculty to determine mutual interest and ensure space in their research group  as part of the selection process.

Check out the PRISM Application Guide for more details about each part of the application and our ever-growing list of faculty who are especially enthusiastic about interviewing PRISM candidates. 

If your application is selected, we will arrange for you to travel to campus and stay for 3-5 nights. During your stay, you will meet with faculty you have identified as sharing your research interests as well as current postdocs.

Preliminary schedule:

May 20, 2020: Day 1 – Fly in, meet your roommate, join us for a reception with current postdocs and a welcome dinner including representatives from our postdoc groups, faculty, and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.
*Please note, though May 20 is the official first day of PRISM, many candidates will have more than three interviews and will need to arrive earlier in the week.

May 21, 2020: Day 2 – Get up early! Have breakfast with folks from the Postdoc Office, then postdoc hosts will take you to your first lab. You may have a full-day interview in a lab or 1-2 half day interviews; individual schedules will be arranged before you arrive. Lunch and dinner may be with current postdocs or with one of your labs.

May 22, 2020: Day 3 – More time for interviews and meeting with current postdocs. You may have a full-day interview in a lab or 1-2 half day interviews; individual schedules will be arranged before you arrive. Lunch and dinner may be with current postdocs or with one of your labs. Those without additional interviews may choose to go home on Day 3.

May 23, 2020: Day 4 – Optional grant writing workshop in the morning to get you jumpstarted on a postdoc fellowship application. An extra hotel night will be available as needed for candidates who opt in to the grant training.

 

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements: 

Eligibility for travel funding through PRISM varies by School.

School of Medicine

School of Medicine candidates should be:

  • Eligible for NIH T-32 training grants, which are limited to US Citizens or Permanent Residents, by the time they will begin their postdoctoral appointment.
  • Currently at any institution in the US. Applications from students in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc., may also be considered, pending funding availability. Travel funds are not available for those currently located overseas.
  • Intend to complete their PhD within 15 months of PRISM, though later graduation dates may be considered, at the discretion of the faculty or program.

Schools of Earth, Engineering, and Humanities & Social Sciences

Candidates for the Schools of Earth, Engineering, and Humanities & Sciences should be:

  • Any citizenship with appropriate visa status.
  • Currently at any institution in the US. Applications from students in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc., may also be considered, pending funding availability. Travel funds are not available for those currently located overseas.
  • Intend to complete their PhD within 15 months of PRISM, though later graduation dates may be considered, at the discretion of the faculty or program.
  • Interested in postdoctoral training with faculty in any field offered within those schools. 

 

Questions about PRISM? Please contact Robin Sugiura, Associate Director of Programs & Outreach, and John De Guzman, PRISM Coordinator, at stanfordprism@stanford.edu.