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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Nathaniel Persily

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Persily, Nathaniel
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
One year
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and the Cyber Policy Center invites promising new scholars to Stanford University for 1 year appointments as postdoctoral fellows, with potential for extension.
Each fellow will collaborate with one of the PDI directors or affiliated faculty on research relevant to their field of study and current line of scholarship. Some of the research themes include: 1) government censorship, propaganda, and information operations on digital media platforms, 2) reform options for platforms to combat hate speech, bots, and disinformation, 3) algorithmic bias, 4) deteriorating health of digital information ecosystems and its effect on democracy and civil rights, 5) changes in the media landscape due to shifts caused by digital innovation, 6) impact of the internet on election campaigns and voting. The fellows will spend 20 percent of their time working on their own research and 80 percent assisting in the research of one of the PDI faculty.  In addition, fellows may be asked to coordinate speaker series and seminars.
The annual fellowship stipend is $70,000, plus the standard benefits that postdoctoral fellows at Stanford University receive, including health insurance and travel funds. The fellowship program falls under U.S. Immigration J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa activities.
The start date of the fellowship will be September 2022, unless otherwise agreed. To assume a postdoctoral fellowship, scholars must have a PhD in hand by July 1, 2022. We cannot consider applications from scholars who earned a PhD earlier than September 1, 2019.
We encourage applications from candidates representing a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, law, computer science and engineering.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Completed doctoral degree earned no earlier than 2019
  • Candidates with research backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, engineering, computer science, and law are encouraged to apply
Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter detailing the reasons for the applicant’s interest in the fellowship.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Fellowship proposal detailing the research that the applicant would undertake while at Stanford, and how it fits within the research agenda of the specific initiative to which the applicant is applying. In this section, please disclose if you have additional funding arrangements.
  • Writing sample consisting of either a dissertation chapter or a recent published paper. There are no specific page length or formatting requirements for this sample.
  • Graduate transcript with proof that the applicant has completed all the requirements for the PhD, or a letter from their PhD advisor stating when they will do so.
  • Two (or more) letters of recommendation submitted via the application portal.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.