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 application cycle for the 2023-2024 academic year will be open from Monday, September 26, 2022 through Friday, December 16, 2022.
Fellowship Details
  • Fellowship Details
  • Eligibility
  • Program Requirements
  • Application Details
  • Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2023-24
  • How to Use the Online Application System
  • Contact Us

Fellowship Details

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, 2023.

Program Requirements

Our goal is to provide an intellectually dynamic environment that fosters lively exchange among Center members and helps everyone to do excellent scholarship. To that end, fellows are expected to be fully present and engaged at CDDRL during their assignment. This is a residential fellowship intended to support writing and research while in residence at Stanford, as such, we are not able to accommodate fieldwork or extended travel. Fellows will be assigned office space at CDDRL and we expect you to spend time in your workspace regularly so that you can take full advantage of our community of scholars.   

  • Complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and review it with your mentor within the first month of your appointment. 

  • Meet with your faculty mentor at least once per month to review and refine your research topic, discuss project progress, and receive general career and intellectual guidance.  

  • Attend our weekly Tuesday noon research seminars, we expect that you will take part actively in the Center’s conferences, workshops, and other research-related events. 

  • Make tangible progress on your proposed research project: completing several dissertation or book chapters and/or at least one article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Write a short op-ed or other media piece that provides insights gleaned from your scholarly work to the public. 

  • Submit a CDDRL working paper by the end of their fellowship and as part of the process of getting feedback on their work in progress. 

Application Details

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open on Monday, September 26, and close on Friday, December 16 at 5:00 pm (PST).   

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 recommendation, a statement of proposed research (5-10 pages), and a complete set of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

All application materials, including recommendations, must be in English. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including letters of reference, are submitted by the deadline stated above. 

All pre- and postdoctoral applicants must also include an official Ph.D. transcript. Electronic Transcripts must originate from the university registrar's office via a secure site formally linked to the sending institution. Send to

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

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


Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2023-24

In addition to our regular call for applications, CDDRL invites applications for the Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2023-24. 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 9-month, residential fellowship. 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.

Applications for the Gerhard Casper Fellow in Rule of Law for 2023-24 will open on Monday, September 26th, 2022. 

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

Access the online application HERE.


  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 |

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Political Selection in the Secular-Islamist Divide

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