CDDRL Pre-Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017-18 At Stanford, USA

Publish Date: Nov 08, 2016

Deadline: Jan 13, 2017

CDDRL The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law bridges

Accepting Applications
October 31, 2016 - January 13, 2017

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. The Center expects to award two or more fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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, 2017.

Application Process

We will begin accepting applications on Monday, October 31, 2016. The application deadline for the 2017-18 academic year is Friday, January 13, 2017. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, letter of application of no more than 3 typed pages, current resume, three letters of recommendations, a statement of proposed research (5-10 pages) and a complete set of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). The Center Committee will only review complete files. Notifications will be sent in mid to late-March.

Frequently Asked Questions 


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 (12/21/16 - 1/3/17), as our office will be will be closed.

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. If your referee prefers to email their letters to me directly, please ask them to use the subject line "APPLICANT'S LAST NAME_Letter of Recommendation".

Can I upload my current doctorate transcript, or proof of degree conferal via the online form?
I would prefer a hard copy provided by the registrars office. If that is not possible that an electronic version uploaded via the webform will be accepted. If selected, you will be asked to provide an original copy of the document.

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 me at for more information.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.

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