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For Applicants

Q: Can you connect me with faculty looking to host a Stanford Sustainability Accelerator Postdoctoral Fellow?

You will need to reach out to eligible mentors directly. You can identify researchers through our greenhouse gas removal researchers list or Stanford department websites, and find contact information through Stanford Profiles. While this is not required, it is highly recommended that you include a nomination letter from an eligible Stanford mentor in your application. If you are unable to do so, you can identify potential Stanford mentors within the application. If you are selected as a finalist, we will help connect you with a mentor prior to the zoom interview. 

Q: How many fellows are selected every year? 

Up to 4 fellows are awarded each year per flagship destination. As more flagship destinations are announced, we anticipate that the fellowship will grow in future years.

Q: Why do the solutions need to be focused on greenhouse gas removal? 

The Sustainability Accelerator launched its first flagship destination in greenhouse gas removal. As more flagship destinations are launched, we anticipate that the fellowship program will grow accordingly.

Q: Can Stanford PhD students and alumni apply? Can postdoctoral scholars already working at Stanford apply?

Stanford PhDs, as well as postdoctoral scholars already working at Stanford who meet the eligibility requirements, can apply, and their applications will be considered. Keep in mind, one of the main goals of the fellowship is to bring new talent or new areas of research to Stanford. We will not be funding fellows to continue to work on accelerator-funded projects. 

Q: Can I have additional letters of recommendation submitted on my behalf? Can they come from the same institution?

Please submit only the reference letters as outlined in the application. 

Q: Is this a full-time position and is it only in-person work?

Yes, this is a full-time position performed in person at Stanford University.

Q: Is housing provided by the fellowship program?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing. We can, however, refer fellows to the housing information for postdocs that Stanford provides.

Q: Can I get an extension and submit my application after the deadline?

To ensure fairness in the process, applicant materials must be received by the deadline to be considered. If you have any difficulties uploading your application materials, please contact us at immediately so we can assist you.

Q: How do I know my application is complete and my nomination and letters of recommendation have been received?

After submitting your application, you may track your application in the Slideroom system.

Q: Will I be notified if I am not selected to receive a fellowship?

All applicants will be notified whether they are awarded a fellowship or not. We anticipate making the final selections by August 15, 2024. 

Q: Will I receive feedback on my application?

No, unfortunately, due to the volume of requests, we cannot offer additional feedback on every submitted application and proposal. 

Q: May I apply to the program a second time if I am not successful at first?

Yes, you may apply as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria in effect at the time of application.

Q: I have thoroughly read the Stanford Sustainability Accelerator Postdoctoral Fellow web pages and these FAQs, and I still have a question.  What should I do?

Further inquiries may be directed to

For Mentors

Q: Can mentors nominate more than one candidate during each fellowship call season?

Each mentor can nominate no more than two candidates each year.

Q: Are mentors limited to co-hosting only one fellow simultaneously?

Each mentor can co-host more than one fellow simultaneously.