Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) invites promising new scholars to Stanford University for 1-year appointments as postdoctoral fellows, with potential for extension. Fellows will be affiliated with PDI and potentially a department or school at Stanford University. Each fellow will collaborate with one of the PDI faculty on research relevant to their field of study and current line of scholarship. 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 directors.  For examples of past work, see the publications page.  In addition, fellows may be asked to coordinate speaker series and seminars.


  • 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.



  • 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.


Applicants will be asked to include the following:

  • 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 University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching mission. 


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