2014-2015 Visiting Postdoc Fellowship

Application Deadline for AY 2015/2016: TBA

The France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies aims to bridge the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering, business and law, addressing historical and contemporary issues of significance for France and the United States from a broad range of perspectives. Its programs bring faculty members, researchers and students from across Stanford's departments and schools into contact with colleagues in France, to explore issues of common intellectual concern, to advance collaborative research, and to foster interdisciplinary inquiry. The France-Stanford Center sponsors high quality collaborative research projects likely to foster new linkages and deepen existing connections between French scholars and students and their counterparts at Stanford University.

Please note that applicants for the Center’s collaborative research funds (see http://francestanford.stanford.edu/collaborative_projects) are strongly encouraged to submit a separate application for a Visiting Postdoc Fellowship in order to fund the participation of a postdoc in the proposed collaborative research project. Both applications should be submitted at the same time. Fellowship funds are, however, in no way limited to applicants for collaborative research funds. Any interested postdoc is invited to apply.

Applicants for the Visiting Postdoc Fellowship must have recently completed a PhD or equivalent – i.e., they must be postdoctoral fellows. Fellowships are available to French postdoctoral scholars interested in pursuing a course of research at Stanford, or to Stanford postdocs interested in undertaking research or pursuing an internship at a French institution (including universities, non-governmental organizations, and corporations, to name but a few).

Application Procedure
Visit How to Submit for more information. Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Completed application forms (including itemized budget).
  • Letter to the France-Stanford Center Director describing the applicant’s research interests and plans during the proposed visit to Stanford or to a French institution (including inter alia, universities, NGOs and corporations). The letter should identify the particular individuals with whom the applicant will be working, including one who agrees to serve as the official “sponsor”. The letter should also indicate the proposed length of stay (between two to four months) and discuss ways in which the applicant’s research and educational objectives will further the goals of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Recommendation letter from the applicant’s home supervisor, discussing the applicant and the merits of the proposed visit. Advisor should send letter directly by email to Isabelle Collignon, isabelle [at] stanford [dot] edu.
  • Letter from the individual serving as the official sponsor, explaining the nature of the applicant’s proposed research/work activities and plans to fully incorporate him/her into the host environment.
  • Applicant’s CV.

Important Cautionary Note for French Visitors:

Please note that the application procedures outlined above are those for the fellowship offered by the France-Stanford Center.  All Visiting Postdocs to Stanford must obtain separate and independent approval from the Department that they intend to visit.  Procedures for obtaining this separate departmental approval are listed at: http://doresearch.stanford.edu/policies/research-policy-handbook/non-faculty-research-appointments/visiting-scholars 

Fees and Privileges for Visitors to Stanford
Visitors to Stanford should be aware that Stanford charges Visiting Postdocs a number of administrative fees. The combined total of these fees is less than $400, such that any fellowship grant awarded by the Center should be sufficient to cover them.

Visiting Postdocs will have the benefit of the title "Visiting Scholar" and will be granted library privileges at the University libraries and sports privileges at the University's sports facilities. Health benefits are not provided. The France-Stanford Center will not be able to offer office space. It is also unable to provide computers. It is recommended that visiting postdocs who need regular access to a computer for writing or research bring one with them or buy one here. Visiting postdocs must pay for copying, postage, long distance telephone calls and faxes, and their own secretarial services. Visiting postdocs are welcome to attend classes and seminars during their stay at the discretion of the professor teaching the class or seminar. Visiting postdocs are eligible to apply for a full-service University e-mail account upon arrival at Stanford (for which the University charges a modest monthly cost).
Please note that fees and privileges are determined by the University and cannot be modified at the discretion of the France-Stanford Center.  Details can be found at: http://rph.stanford.edu/9-6.html

The France-Stanford Center staff is unable to assist visitors with finding housing. Given that on-campus housing is extremely limited, it is best for planning purposes to assume that housing will not be available. See Stanford Housing Postdoctoral Scholars and local listings, including Craigslist.

Visiting Postdocs are expected to pursue projects that will take on the order of 2 to 4 months to complete.  The maximum funding available per scholar is $7,000. As indicated in the application materials, please submit an itemized budget.

Please submit the application materials by March 15, 2014.

Late applications are unlikely to be accepted. Notification of fellowship recipients will occur in the spring.

Questions about becoming a Visiting Postdoc can be directed to the Center’s Director, Amalia Kessler (akessler [at] law [dot] stanford [dot] edu) or the Program Coordinator, Isabelle Collignon (isabelle [at] stanford [dot] edu).

Download the 2014-2015 Guidelines (PDF)