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TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainable Energy - Program Requirements and Guidelines

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Funding Requirements and Guidelines:

The TomKat Fellowship provides salary support for up to two years.  The Fellowship will also cover the institutional cost for benefits.  The selected Fellow is also eligible for a one-time relocation allowance of up to $3,000 (income tax reportable).  Once selected for the fellowship they can apply to the TomKat Center for this benefit.

Funding is guaranteed for the first year of a two year award period. Funding for year two is pledged and is not guaranteed by TomKat Center or Stanford.  To be eligible to receive the second year of funding, expected progress must be met, program requirements must be completed, and the faculty sponsor must confirm that they can continue to sponsor/mentor the Fellow for a second year.

Applicants should be prepared for the TomKat Fellowship to begin within six months of the date of the award selection, if the awardee's PhD has not been conferred at the time of the award selection, they should be prepared to begin within six months of their PhD being awarded.  Special exceptions to this may be requested but require the TomKat Center's approval.  In addition, applicants must be willing to commit to the appointment for at least one full calendar year.  The recipient must be in active postdoctoral scholar status at Stanford University through the duration of the award.  The award is suspended during any leaves of absence, including maternity leave, but the funds are not forfeited.  Arrangements for re-distribution of the remaining funds or extension of the award year are typically made. 

The TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended to provide full support to the scholars rather than add to existing support.   

  • In accepting this award, the postdoctoral scholar’s home department is responsible for adhering to the funding requirements and guidelines.  If overspending occurs above the award amount or if incorrect expenditure code(s) are used, the sponsoring PI and department will be liable for the expenses and for covering any overages by transferring these expenses to an account that they own.

  • The postdoctoral scholar may be asked to return all or part of the fellowship if falsified or misrepresented information is later determined that effects eligibility.

Other Concurrent Fellowship Support and Combination of Awards:
If a TomKat Postdoctoral Fellow receives another fellowship award from Stanford or from an outside agency, the Fellow must notify the TomKat Center.  If the two awards combined do not exceed the total salary support committed to the scholar as part of the terms of the appointment, the TomKat Fellowship full award may be retained.  If the two awards combined exceed the agreed-upon salary support for the scholar at any time, the TomKat Fellowship award should be adjusted accordingly, up to a complete forfeiture of the award.

The TomKat Center relies on faculty sponsors to report in writing the receipt of any other support for the Postdoctoral Fellow, via e-mail to the TomKat Center.

Program and Reporting Requirements:

All TomKat Fellows are expected to acknowledge the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy as a source of support, submit annual progress reports, and be willing to participate in TomKat Center requested activities.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Acknowledgement:  We ask that fellows include an acknowledgement of the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy funding in any presentations, publications, or working papers that result from the research.  In addition, we ask that fellows keep us informed of any such working paper or publications and that they provide us with a version to be posted on our website.

Progress/ Final Reports:  Reports are due each year by the submission deadline (which will be based on the appointment end date) and will need to highlight the fellow’s research progress to-date and future plans.   Satisfactory research progress is necessary for the release of the year 2 funding of the award.  A shortened version of the report may be posted on the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy website. 

Detailed progress reports should be submitted in the form of 2-3 pages (including any graphics or charts), and should include the following:

  1. Overview of proposed research and potential insights gained
  2. Summary of progress and long-term goals
  3. Details of progress and future directions
  4. Fellow’s updated CV, with a list of all publications submitted and published

Beyond the term of this appointment, it would be of great value to know what ongoing advancements are made and whether this work leads to any future support from external sponsors.  

Presenting Research Results:  The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy may ask fellows to participate in presentations describing the funded work for the benefit of others in the Stanford community.  In addition, they may be asked to present at programs and outreach events or post additional research information or working papers on the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy’s website.