CDDRL Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships


Accepting Applications

September 28, 2020 - December 18, 2020

The Center 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.  We are particularly interested in projects that investigate the relationship of race and democracy or race and rule of law, in the United States or elsewhere.  The Center expects to award two or more fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application for 2021-22 academic year is now OPEN.  Click HERE to launch the online application portal.  

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 PhD within 3 years of the start of the fellowship, or plan to have successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations by July 31, 2021.



Application Process

The application for 2021-22 academic year is now OPEN. 


The application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year is Friday, December 18, 2020.  Click HERE to launch the online application portal.   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 official PhD transcript. 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

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


The application for 2021-22 academic year is now OPEN.  

Application Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

2020-2021 Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowship Application 

The application deadline for the 2021-22 academic year was Friday, December 18, 2020.


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.


Our Fellows


Fellowship Coordinator

Encina Hall, C141
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

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