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TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is joining Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability Sept. 1, 2022!

TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainable Energy - Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • The applicant must have a commitment from a Stanford faculty member confirming that they will mentor/sponsor and host them in their lab as a postdoctoral fellow. 
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. at the time that the fellowship will begin.
  • The faculty mentor/sponsor must be appointed at Stanford.  Acting, consulting and courtesy appointees are not eligible to serve as a faculty sponsor.
  • Foreign scholars must have or be able to obtain a visa (with sponsorship from Stanford).  Citizenship is not a selection factor.
  • The award of this fellowship is contingent upon receiving a postdoctoral appointment at Stanford.  All Stanford policies found at: are applicable to TomKat Postdoctoral Fellows.

Additional Application Guidelines:

  • A faculty member may not have more than one funded TomKat postdoctoral fellow at a time.
  • A faculty member may not serve as mentor/sponsor on more than one fellowship application per cycle. 
  • Funding is restricted to support of investigative activities that are focused on an area relevant to sustainable energy, and that are conducted under the direction of a Stanford University faculty member.
  • If the postdoctoral scholar currently has other fellowships, or has applied to fellowships that may be awarded during the TomKat fellowship award period, full disclosure of the names, amounts and dates of the other award(s) must be made in the application materials.
  • Re-applications from previous applicants are accepted.

The TomKat Center will review applications based on:

  • Applicant qualifications
  • Merit of the proposal.  The proposal must be written by the fellow and reviewed by the Stanford faculty sponsor.
  • Relevance of the proposal to sustainable energy and its intersection with food, water, the environment, or human health.
  • The applicant’s career path and progress to-date.  If considerable time has elapsed since the doctoral degree, and that time was not spent engaged in research, the applicant is expected to describe in the application how the time was spent.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Number of years of postdoctoral research training since latest doctoral degree, with preference to applicants in the first three years of their postdoctoral training. 
  • The extent to which the applicant brings new talent or new areas of research to Stanford. Candidates not currently at Stanford will be considered favorably. The goal of the fellowship is to act as a recruiting tool to bring the very best postdoctoral scholars to Stanford University. It would take extraordinary circumstances for the selection committee to rank internal candidates as highly as candidates that would be new at Stanford. Stanford candidates: those receiving their Ph.D. from Stanford and postdocs currently working at Stanford would need to display extraordinary promise and propose new research directions that are significantly distinct from their Ph.D. or current research and that will expand the University's capacity and forge new connections within the University. Stanford candidates should not propose to continue to work solely with the same professors or groups with whom they are currently associated with or on the same research already being performed at Stanford.