CDDRL Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

About Our Fellowships

CDDRL welcomes applications from pre-doctoral students at the write-up stage and from post-doctoral scholars working in any of the four program areas of democracy, development, evaluating the efficacy of democracy promotion, and rule of law. The Center expects to award two or more fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are open through December 17, 2021.

See below for information on the new Gerhard Casper Fellow In Rule Of Law for 2022-23

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    NEW: Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2022-23
  • NEW: Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2022-23
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  • Application Process
  • How to Use the Online Application System
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NEW: Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2022-23

In addition to our regular call for applications, CDDRL invites applications for the Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2022-23. We welcome research on any aspect of rule of law, including judicial politics, criminal justice, and the politicization of judicial institutions. We are an interdisciplinary center; candidates from any relevant field (i.e. the social sciences, law) are welcome to apply.

This is a one-year, residential postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must have earned their PhD within 3 years of the start of the fellowship, or plan to have successfully defended their dissertations by July 2022. The Gerhard Casper Fellow will be part of CDDRL’s larger cohort of pre- and postdoctoral fellows. Please apply through the regular CDDRL fellowship application process, and indicate that you would like to be considered for the Gerhard Casper Rule of Law Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Pre-doctoral fellows receive stipends comparable to that awarded by the Stanford Graduate Fellowships program; the Center also pays non-matriculated student tuition for pre-doctoral fellows as required by Stanford University. Post-doctoral fellows receive salaries commensurate with experience and with consideration given to university-established minimums for a term period of 9 months. Healthcare and other benefits are also provided as required by Stanford University for both pre- and post doctoral fellows.

Fellows spend the academic year at Stanford University completing their projects, participating in seminars, and interacting with each other and the resident faculty and research staff. The Center facilities on the Stanford campus include offices and cubicles. Fellows have access to other Stanford libraries as well as exercise facilities.


Pre-doctoral fellows must be enrolled currently in a doctoral program or equivalent through the time of intended residency at Stanford and must be at the dissertation write-up (post course work) phase of their doctoral program. Post-doctoral fellows must have earned their Ph.D. within 3 years of the start of the fellowship, or plan to have successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations by July 31, 2022.

Application Process

The application for 2022-23 academic year opened on Monday, September 27, 2021.  APPLY HERE

The application deadline for the 2022-23 academic year will be Friday, December 17, 2021. The CDDRL Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowship program uses the WizeHive application system to manage all incoming applications. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, letter of application of no more than 3 typed pages, current CV, three letters of recommendations, a statement of proposed research (5-10 pages), and a complete set of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

All pre- and postdoctoral applicants must also include an official Ph.D. transcript.

If submitting official transcripts by mail, please mail your official transcript using a dossier service offered through your university or Interfolio.

CDDRL Mailing Address:

Encina Hall
616 Jane Stanford Way, C141
Stanford, CA 94305

Electronic Transcripts must originate from the university registrar's office via a secure site formally linked to the sending institution. Send to

Center Committee will only review complete files. Notifications will be sent in mid to late February.

How to Use the Online Application System

WizeHive is widely employed by other fellowship programs and should be easy to use. Here are some guidelines to take note of when using the application system:

  • You can save your work at any time and return to the form at your convenience. You do not need to complete the application form in one sitting. It is strongly suggested that you save your work often by clicking on the "Save Draft" button at the end of the page.
  • Once you submit your application form you can no longer return to make any changes. Please review all your work before clicking the "Submit" button at the end of the application form.
  • The system will notify you by email during the following stages in the application submission



  1. When your application form has been received.
  2. When letters of recommendation have been submitted on your behalf.
  3. Once your application file is complete with a minimum of three letters of recommendation.

Contact Us

Kristin Chandler, Fellowship Coordinator

Encina Hall
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305

650-497-1271 |