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1. What is the deadline for application and how do I apply?

The application deadline is Thursday, January 5, 2017, 9pm Pacific time (midnight Eastern time). NO late applications will be accepted.

Applications are submitted online. Applicants can return to the application to change and update information as many times as needed before the application deadline. All fields must be completed and required documents uploaded by the application deadline to be eligible for consideration.

2. What materials are included in the fellowship application?

The fellowship application includes four parts: statement of interest, opinion piece, summary of dissertation research, curriculum vitae.  You will also be asked to submit two confidential letters of recommendation.  The application details are as follows:

A. STATEMENT OF INTEREST: In 500 words or less, explain your general interest in becoming a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute and describe how your research interests can shed new light on our thematic focus: “Beyond the Stalled Revolution: Reinvigorating Gender Equality in the Twenty-first Century.”  In Interfolio this is called the "Cover Letter."

B. OPINION PIECE: In 300 words or less, select a gender focused current event and, using research, formulate an opinion piece. Make an argument for the way the general public should think about the event or issue you selected.  Must be no more than 300 words and single space paragraphs. At the top of your opinion piece list only your initials, university and degree discipline.

C. DISSERTATION RESEARCH SUMMARY:  In 1000 words or less, single-spaced and including all notes and bibliography, provide an abstract that summarizes your dissertation.

D. CV:  Provide a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages.

E. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Two letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation are submitted via the online application.  Only submit two letters maximum.

3. How many fellowships are given each year?

One two-year postdoctoral award will be awarded, beginning no later than the first day of Autumn quarter in September 2017.

4. What are the eligibility requirements?

Recent Ph.D.'s in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences whose research focuses on gender are eligible. We encourage scholars with a strong interest in interdisciplinary methods to apply. Applicants must have their doctoral degree in hand no later than 30 days prior to the appointment start date, and the start date must be no more than three years after the awarding of their degree. The Clayman Institute is unable to make exceptions for scholars who do not have their degree in hand 30 days before the appointment start date or were awarded their degree more than three years before the appointment start date.

5. What constitutes gender research? Is my research applicable?

Please carefully review the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships description to gain further clarity about the scope of the fellowship program.

6. If the subject of my work is female, does that constitute gender research?

Not necessarily. Working with female subjects by itself does not constitute gender research. Please carefully review the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships description to gain further clarity about the scope of the fellowship program.

7. Are non-Stanford students eligible to apply for these fellowships?

Yes. Recent Ph.D.'s in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences whose research focuses on gender are eligible.

8. Are there any citizenship requirements for these fellowships?

No. Anyone from any country may apply provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.

9. Are re-applicants disadvantaged in the selection process?

No. Not being awarded a fellowship in a previous competition will not influence review of an application.

10. How will I know that my online application has been received?

Interfolio, the online application software used by the Clayman Institute for application submission, will indicate that your application is complete. Please carefully review the application requirements before submission.

11. To whom should my references send their letters of recommendation?

Ask your references to submit their letters of recommendation online through your Interfolio account. Specific instructions about how to do this are provided to you from Interfolio during the online application submission process. 

12. When will I be notified of an award?

Fellowship awards will be announced in April 2017.

13. May I defer a fellowship for a year?

No. We do not accept deferrals. Should you be unable to accept a fellowship, the award will be offered to an alternate. You may apply again the next year provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.

14. What if I plan to travel during my fellowship? Is this allowed?

No. Applicants must be continuously enrolled for the duration of their fellowship and be on campus during the Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters of the fellowship years.

15. What if I take a leave of absence during my fellowship years? Is this allowed?

No. Applicants must be continuously enrolled for the duration of their fellowship and be on campus during the Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters of the fellowship year. If a leave of absence is taken, then the fellow will forfeit his or her stipend.

16. To whom should technical difficulties with the application be directed?

Send an email to help@interfolio.com and put "Clayman Postdoc Fellowship" as the subject heading. This includes questions regarding letters of recommendation, which can only be submitted through Interfolio.

17. To whom may I direct general questions?

We encourage you to review this section of FAQ's and to carefully read through the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships section of our website.  All questions about the online application may be directed to help@interfolio.com.