The Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship Program at Stanford


The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has established a long term postdoctoral scholarship program at Stanford University. The purpose of the program is to bring outstanding young Swedish scientists to Stanford University for one to two years of postdoctoral study and research. The program is open for all disciplines.

Fellows are given the opportunity to participate in a broad range of interdisciplinary activities and programs that characterize Stanford’s approach to research and education.
After completing their post-doc visit at Stanford, the Scholars will be supported upon their return to Sweden and use their experience from Stanford for the benefit of Sweden.


The applicant must contact the scientist in whose laboratory/department/institute at Stanford University the applicant seeks to work. The host should send an invitation letter directly to the Foundation stating the opportunities for successful research collaboration.

Criteria and conditions

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation invites applicants for postdoctoral stipends for the period 2016-2017. 

The Stipend is for a period of up to two years of postdoctoral studies. The Stipend amounts to approximately USD 45,000 annually (the final amount will be set in accordance with the standard rate of each institution). A travel grant of USD 5,000 per year and an annual allowance for accompanying family members of USD 15,000 is also provided. The latter must be applied for separately in a direct request to the Foundation. The Fellows will also receive the standard Stanford post-doc medical benefits. Following the postdoctoral studies there is an opportunity to receive funding from the Wallenberg Foundation to support a research position at a Swedish university for up to two years, unless the applicant cannot find another position. After each year during this period a progress report shall be prepared and sent to the Foundation.

The applicants should have a doctor´s degree from a Swedish University at the time when the post-doc period starts and a connection to a Swedish University or corresponding non-profit research organization. The Stipend cannot be combined with other stipends or positions. Scientific merit, adjusted to the applicant's age, will be an important factor at the assessment.

A complete application should contain the applicant’s date of PhD dissertation, CV and include a list of publications, a brief description of the proposed research program and a description of the research profile of the intended host and supervisor. A letter of invitation from the intended host should be sent directly to the Foundation. If the applicant has not passed the doctorate exam at the time of the application, a letter from the supervising professor should be enclosed in which the actual date for the exam is stated. Each applicant should ensure that two separate letters of recommendation with comments on the research program are submitted directly to the Foundation before the end of the application term. The application shall be written in English.


The Foundation uses an electronic application system.
Please read the instructions for the E-application.

To the E-application

The application period starts September, and a complete application shall be submitted to the Foundation no later than November 15.

A list of successful applicants will be published on the web-site in late Spring.

Contact persons at Stanford

Professor Robert Sinclair, Co-director Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford University, Chair Director Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory

Professor Arthur Bienenstock, Director Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford University