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Pilot Hardship Fund for Postdocs

Summer 2019 Application Opens:  TBD

Application Deadline:  TBD 2019, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

The Second Pilot Stanford University Postdoc Hardship Fund is funded by the Provost (Notes from the Quad) to help offset the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on costs associated with families and housing. 

The fund offers grants of up to $5,000 (subject to fund availability) per household per academic year (September 1 – August 31) to postdoctoral scholars who meet the eligibility criteria.  Each case is considered on its own merit and the applicant’s income and assets are evaluated to determine the grant amount.  These funds are grants and do not need to be repaid.  The grant amount is taxable income* and grant participants will need to comply with IRS guidelines. Please note that grants given to international postdocs holding visas will be disclosed to Bechtel International Center for the required update to the DS2019.

*Please consult a professional tax advisor to discuss whether taxes withheld from a grant can be refunded to you when you file your annual tax return.  While Stanford employees cannot provide tax advice, Stanford Postdocs can utilize the Postdoc Assistance Program, which has Certified Public Accountants and Certified Financial Planners who can assist with tax questions. 

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for the Postdoc Hardship Fund, the applicant must be a current postdoctoral scholar in good standing, appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and with an appointment end date at least 90 days from the Hardship Fund application deadline.   

Eligibility for the Postdoc Hardship Fund is based on household income as noted below. However, exceptional cases will be considered (e.g., single-parent households, major unforeseen circumstances, etc.):

Household Size

(includes self and dependents)

Gross Income


(funding only under extraordinary circumstances)

< $62,000
2 < $92,250
3 < $103,750
4 or more < 115,300


How to Apply

Deadline:  Summer 2019 - TBD, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)


Please submit an application online at the Postdoc Hardship Fund will only appear in the online application system when it is open and accepting applications.)



The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will communicate funding decisions via email six to eight weeks following the application deadline. 



Please click here to submit your question via HelpSU directly to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.