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Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a cross-campus effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy.

Fellowship mentors

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Identifying research mentors

The Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing energy challenges. Fellows are co-mentored by two faculty-level researchers in different departments at Stanford. 

If you have not already identified two mentors, we recommend you check out this Guide for Finding Potential Mentors. Additionally, here are some ways to find potential mentors:

  • Browse our energy researchers list of over 150 energy scholars at Stanford and find contact information through Stanford Profiles.

  • Identify researchers through specific Stanford department websites across the 7 different Schools at Stanford. Find details about individual faculty members via Stanford Profiles.

  • Note that you can do keyword searches through Stanford Profiles, and in each faculty member’s profile Publications tab, there is also a list of faculty doing related research and related research topic search links.

Restrictions on who can be a mentor

  • At least one co-mentor must be a Stanford faculty member – title of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. (Adjunct faculty, lecturers, visiting scholars, academic staff, etc. are not members of the faculty.)

  • Staff scientists and engineers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with PI status can co-mentor.

  • Staff scientists, including emeritus, at Carnegie Institution for Science's two departments at Stanford – Department of Plant Biology and Department of Global Ecology – with PI status can co-mentor. 

You must reach out to both mentors you are considering before submitting an application. The recommended timing is within 2 – 3 months of the application deadline, unless you will have an opportunity to speak with them in person before that, e.g., at a meeting, conference, or talk. If you are unsure whether the staff scientist you have reached out to has PI status, please ask them directly.