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Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM)

Stanford PRISM In The News:

Thank you to all Staff, Faculty, Current Postdocs, and Admins who supported the Fall 2022 Cohort of #StanfordPRISM!
(Stanford PRISM Cohort 10 Visited Campus from Oct. 12-15, 2022.)

The Stanford PRISM Cohort 11 Application is NOW OPEN!
 

Applications are NOW OPEN for the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (i.e. PRISM)!

 

Please spread the word and/or Apply NOW for Stanford's flagship postdoc recruitment program, Stanford PRISM! 

PRISM is open to graduate students from all backgrounds and in all fields, though we especially encourage applicants from the broad spectrum of identities that are underrepresented in academia to apply. Through PRISM, students visit campus to explore the postdoc training environment, build relationships with faculty, and determine whether advanced training at Stanford would support their career goals.


#StanfordPRISM was created in 2017 to bring together excellent graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and excellent postdoctoral mentors. At Stanford, postdocs work alongside top scientists and simultaneously develop their professional skills, explore career options, and prepare for independent careers. With one of the largest postdoc populations in the country and a strong commitment to making the postdoc experience the best it can be, we hope you consider this opportunity.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to contact the PRISM Team for guidance on preparing a successful application and connecting with potential mentors.


Apply Today! 

Application Closes: Monday, Feb. 13th, 2023
Cohort Visit Date(s): Wednesday, May 10th - Saturday, May 13th, 2023


Stanford PRISM Resources:

More Info About Stanford PRISM:

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). Our team believes that this program is the perfect way to support underrepresented scholars on the search for a quality postdoc interview and appointment 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. 

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. As such, PRISM invites students to explore our postdoc training environment and to consider whether advanced training at Stanford would support their career goals.

     

    How does Stanford PRISM work?

    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 if there is mutual interest and a possibility to interview with their research group as part of the selection process. In short, PRISM is a recruitment initiative that helps to connect prospective postdocs with labs/groups that have a possible opening on their team. Once selected as a part of the PRISM program/cohort, we provide professional development and ongoing support to this community of postdoctoral scholars.

    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. Also, if you are in a biosciences field, be sure to check out the T32s at Stanford. If you are interested in additional postdoc funding options, you can view a list of some suggested fellowship opportunities via the OPA website shown here.
     

    When held in person, we arrange for selected Cohort Members to travel to campus and stay for 3-5 nights. Over the course of those days, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty that have been identified as sharing your research interests AND you will also be able to network with several current Stanford postdoc groups.

    When held virtually, we host a series of Zoom Events to provide information, professional development, and network building to the selected PRISM Cohort Members. The actual schedule of events will be announced via email closer to the dates of the event. 


    Stanford PRISM Faculty Guide

    Stanford Faculty: Click here to access the PRISM Faculty Guide or the Stanford PRISM Baker Fellowship information.
     

     

    Eligibility

    Eligibility requirements: 

    PRISM application eligibility varies by each individual School. So, please read through the eligibility criteria below to determine if you're eligible to apply with the faculty members/PIs within that school. 

    NOTE: PRISM Applications that are completed by the deadline but deemed ineligible (due to not meeting the following criteria) will NOT be submitted to Stanford Faculty for further review.

    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. 

    SLAC (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

    Candidates for SLAC postdoc positions should be aware:

    • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.
    • All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.
    • All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.

    Additional questions about PRISM? Contact the PRISM Team:

    • Robin Sugiura, Director of Postdoctoral Training

    • Antonio Robinson, Recruitment & Engagement Program Manager

    • Email us at: stanfordprism@stanford.edu