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PRISM Baker Fellowships

PRISM Baker Fellowships are for postdoctoral candidates who have already taken part in a PRISM recruitment event. 
Graduate students new to PRISM: click here for more information and to apply.

Read about the PRISM Baker Fellowships in the Stanford Report.

PRISM Baker Fellowships Overview

Funding Period: 12 months

Funding Level: Stipend is 50% of postdoc minimum at the rate set annually by the Provost, including half of associated benefits. Stipend will increase with any applicable increases to the minimum during the funding period.

Number Funded: 20 total slots over 2 years for this pilot

Application Review Periods: Quarterly reviews on March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1

Notification of Awards: Within 6 weeks of review dates

Disciplinary Focus: PRISM seeks to support excellent and innovative scholars in science, medicine, engineering, technology, social sciences, and humanities research.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications are initiated by faculty who have rendered an offer (or offer contingent upon funding) to a PRISM candidate
  • Applications are restricted to candidates who participated in PRISM recruitment between October 2021-May 2023
  • Faculty may not have more than one funded PRISM Baker Scholar at a time and may not submit more than one fellowship application per review cycle
  • These fellowships are not renewable in this pilot

PRISM’s mission is to improve recruitment and support the success of postdoctoral scholars from under-represented populations.

Recruitment through PRISM supports the transition from graduate school to postdoctoral training for postdocs from diverse backgrounds through:

  • Expanding the pool of advanced graduate students considering Stanford for postdoctoral training
  • Developing community during recruitment and after joining Stanford
  • Providing education about postdoctoral training

The pilot PRISM Baker fellowships, launched in November 2021, support early postdoctoral training through:

  • Matching funds for up to half of a Scholar’s first year of salary
  • Establishing community among each cohort of new scholars
  • Providing intentional training to help them get the most out of their postdoctoral experience and to optimally prepare them for their future careers on whatever path they choose
  • Supporting faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

PRISM is an opportunity for select late-stage graduate students from broadly diverse backgrounds to explore postdoctoral training at Stanford. The PRISM Baker Fellowships provide matching funds to support some of these first year postdoctoral scholars in developing independence, while also supporting faculty in developing more inclusive and equitable recruitment and training practices. The fellowship application emphasizes faculty commitment to the individual scholar's growth towards independence. Key application components from the trainee have been collected through the PRISM recruitment application, and may be updated if trainees choose to do so. New questions in this application are directed at the proposed faculty sponsor to better understand how their research group, mentoring principles, and commitment to training scholars will provide a supportive and rigorous experience.


Applications will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Trainee Research Statement *
  • Letter of Reference from Trainee's current mentor/Graduate Advisor *
  • CV *
  • Faculty statement regarding trainee's research, career, and training goals
  • Faculty engagement in DEI activities and application of DEI principles to mentoring and training

    * These components are collected in the original PRISM recruitment application. Trainees have the opportunity to update if they prefer.

All PRISM recruits who come to Stanford for their postdoctoral training become part of the larger PRISM community. The PRISM Baker Scholars will participate fully in this and the many other communities at Stanford that support belonging and inclusion.


Application Guide

The PRISM Baker Fellowship application includes components from the candidate's original PRISM application, with a supplemental application to be submitted by the proposed faculty mentor. The supplemental application emphasizes the faculty commitment to the individual scholar's development and growth towards independence, with questions that explore how the faculty's mentoring philosophy and commitment to training scholars will provide a supportive and rigorous experience. We are especially interested in understanding the unique potential of the mentor, the candidate, and their research partnership. 

The supplemental application form asks the following questions:

  • Why is this candidate compelling to you?
  • What are this candidate's research goals for their postdoctoral training, and how will you support them?
  • What are this candidate's career goals, and how will you support them?
  • How do you define research independence, and how will you support them in developing independence?
  • What DEI related trainings, activities, and initiatives have you engaged with, and how have you incorporated your learnings into your mentoring?
  • Why are you applying for these funds (i.e., lack of funding for a postdoc, lack of funding in this research area, to build this candidates funding track record, etc.), and how will this funding benefit you and the PRISM candidate?
  • This fellowship provides half of the stipend and associated benefits for one year; how will you fund the other half for the first year of training?
  • What is the timeline for this postdoctoral training (how many years), and how do you plan to secure additional funding for subsequent year(s) of training?

Application Process

Faculty: if you interviewed a PRISM candidate between October 2021 - May 2023 and have rendered an offer, please contact to request a link to the PRISM Baker Fellowship application. 

Additional Information


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