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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


I'm not a Stanford student, can I still apply?
Yes. Our fellowship program is open to applicants from outside of Stanford University.


Do you accept applications from outside of the United States?
Yes. We accept applications from around the world.


I received my doctorate degree 3 or more years ago. Why am I not eligible?
The university views postdoctoral fellowships a training opportunity for recent graduates. This is why they require that all appointed fellows have received their degree within 3 years at the start of the appointment. Since you received your degree over 3 years prior to the upcoming academic year, you are already considered a professional in your field thus making you ineligible for our program. 


Application Packet:

Should the research proposal be single or double spaced?
Either will be fine.


What is a "letter of application"?
The letter of application is basically a cover letter to your CV. It gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself to give us a better idea of your fit within our center. (research, accomplishments, goals ...etc.)


Submitting your application packet:

Can I use an express courier service for tracking purposes?
Yes you may use an express courier service for your letters of recommendations and official transcript.  Please avoid delivery dates that fall within the university winter closure (Monday, December 25, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018.), as our office will be will be closed. 


Can I use a dossier service like Infolio to submit my letters of recommendations and most recent transcript? 
Yes. This is actually preferred. 


Can I fax my application file to you?


Can I email my application file to you?
No.  Please submit your application files via the online application form, and mail your official transcript, and confidential letters of recommendations to me directly preferably using a dossier service offered through your university or Interfolio. If your referee prefers to email their letters to us directly, please ask them to email it to, with the subject line "APPLICANT'S LAST NAME_Letter of Recommendation".

Do you accept eTranscripts directly from my university registrars office? 
No i do not. By the time I get around to printing and compiling the files my access is already expired.   




Can I contact you to find out if my application packet is complete?
I will be able to check if your the documents you uploaded were received, but please wait until a week after the deadline to check if your application is complete. 


When will we be notified?


Other Questions:

How many of each (pre-doc/postdoc) are you planning on selecting this year?
We are planning on awarding two or more fellowship appointments this year. 


If I were to be selected as a postdoctoral fellow, but was unsuccessful at conferring the degree in time will I lose my fellowship appointment?
We will most likely be able to appoint you as a pre-doctoral fellow for the full academic year, at the lower stipend level.


What other fellowship opportunities does CDDRL offer?
Please visit our website at or FSI's at for other fellowship opportunities.


I did not get selected, and/or was not eligible to apply for the CDDRL Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship. What other options are there?
Occasionally (but rarely) we accept applications for visiting scholars and visiting researchers at our center. Please contact us at for more information.



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