Postponed: The Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship Program at Stanford University

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the call with due date 2020-11-15 will be postponed.

Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse utlyser under vissa perioder stipendier inom strategiskt viktiga områden för svensk forskning. 

Enskilda bidrag beviljas inte för egna studier utöver Stiftelsens ordinarie stipendieprogram. För Stiftelsens stipendieprogram gäller särskilda ansökningsperioder.

Ansökningar från enskilda personer utan fast anknytning till en vetenskaplig institution behandlas inte. Bidrag beviljas inte heller för egna studier utöver Stiftelsens ordinarie stipendieprogram.


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 postdoc 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. An invitation letter should be sent from the host to the applicant and submitted with the e-application to the Foundation.

Criteria and conditions

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation invites applicants for postdoctoral stipends.

The Stipend is for a period of up to two years of postdoctoral studies. The Stipend amounts to approximately USD 60,000 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 postdoc medical benefits. After each year of the fellowship, a progress report shall be prepared and sent to the Foundation. 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, if the applicant cannot find another position.

At the time the postdoc period starts, the applicants should have a doctor's degree from a Swedish University no older than 4 years after the dissertation date as well as 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 short personal letter (max 1 A4 page or 3 500 characters incl. spaces) a brief description of the proposed research program and a description of the research profile of the intended host and supervisor (max 6 A4 pages, 21 000 characters incl. spaces). A letter of invitation from the intended host should be submitted with the application (Other appendices). If the applicant has not passed the doctorate exam at the time of the application, a letter from the supervising professor should be submitted, in which the actual date for the exam is stated (Other appendices). Each applicant should ensure that two separate letters of recommendation with comments on the research program are submitted with the e-application. Please note that a budget form not is required since the amount applied for is fixed. Submit instead a document, confirming if you intend to apply for the Accompanying family member allowance. 
The application shall be written in English.

Application period

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the call with due date 2020-11-15 will be postponed.


The Foundation uses an electronic application system.


A list of successful applicants will be published on the website in late Spring.

Contact persons at Stanford

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

Professor Arthur Bienenstock, Co-director Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford University