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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Application opens December 1, 2021

Deadline for submissions is January 6, 2022

The Clayman Institute offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. Recent  Ph.D.'s in the humanities or social sciences whose research focuses on gender with an intersectional perspective are eligible. We encourage scholars with a strong interest in interdisciplinary methods to apply.

While in residence at the Institute, postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in Clayman Institute activities throughout the academic year in addition to pursuing their own research.  

Postdoctoral fellows participate in our community of Clayman Institute faculty research fellows, faculty affiliates, and graduate dissertation fellows through their own research and contributions to our goal of reinvigorating gender equality. Postdoctoral fellows' responsibilities include contributing to the Clayman Institute's Gender News, working with Graduate Dissertation Fellows, participating in professional development workshops, and attending our regularly scheduled faculty research seminars.

The postdoctoral fellows play a critical role in Gender News, which is the public outreach component of the Clayman Institute and our affiliated scholars. To increase the impact of innovative work on gender equality, Gender News publishes articles on gender research for academic and general audiences. Postdoctoral fellows write articles for Gender News that include summaries of the latest peer-reviewed gender research, interviews with Institute faculty research fellows and faculty affiliates, and reviews of relevant academic conferences. 

Meet our current postdoctoral fellows!

Dates, Duration, and Stipend

The appointment is for two years. 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 (2019 or later).  Postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend, annual research fund, standard benefits, and are expected to be in residence for the duration of the fellowship. 


Application Details

Application Requirements

1.  STATEMENT OF INTEREST: In 500 words or less, explain your general interest in becoming a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute:

2. SHORT QUESTIONS:  In 150 words or less per question, please answer:

  • If you are selected, what would your plans be in your first year as a Clayman Institute postdoctoral fellow?
  • If you are selected, what would be your longer-term career plans be after finishing your Clayman Institute postdoctoral fellowship?

3. 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.  Applicants should be able to make their research-based point succinctly and without supporting documentation.  The successful candidate will adhere to the maximum 300 word limit.  This piece should be single space paragraphs only.  At the top of your opinion piece list only your initials and total number of words.

4. DISSERTATION RESEARCH SUMMARY: In 1000 words or less, single-spaced and including all notes and bibliography, provide a summary of your dissertation.

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


Two letters of recommendation will be requested only from those candidates who move to semi-finalist status.   Instructions for how to submit letters of recommendation will be provided directly to semi-finalists  in mid-February 2022.

Applications must be submitted through our online application.  

Applications are due January 6, 2022 by 11:59 PM Eastern time  (8:59 PM Pacific time).

No exceptions will be made for late submissions.  Please note the application closes at 8:59 PM Pacific time,not midnight Pacific time.


Please address any questions regarding the Clayman Institute postdoctoral application process to 

Clayman Institute offices will be closed Dec 20-31 and will reopen on Jan 3, 2022.  Inquiries regarding our postdoctoral fellowship will be answered in the order received.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Non-Stanford students eligible?

Yes. Recent humanities and social science Ph.D.'s whose research focuses on gender with an intersectional perspective are eligible.

How many fellowships are awarded annually?

This cycle, one two-year postdoctoral award will be awarded and will begin no later than the first day of Autumn quarter in September 2022.

When will I be notified?

Fellowship awards will be announced in April 2022.

Can I defer a fellowship?

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

Can I take a leave of absence?

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.

Has my application been received?

Once all required fields have been completed and documents have been uploaded (excluding letters of recommendation), the application system will confirm your submission.