The Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship at Stanford University, USA

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.

The Postdoctoral 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 faculty member in whose laboratory/department/institute at Stanford University the applicant seeks to work. The applicant is required to submit a well-thought-out research proposal with clear deliverables together with a support letter from previous supervisor(s) at Swedish universities as well as a detailed invitation letter from the Stanford faculty with whom the applicant proposes to work. 

Criteria and Conditions

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation invites applicants for postdoctoral stipends at Stanford University, USA.

At the time the postdoc period starts, the applicants should have a doctor's degree from a Swedish University not older than 2 years after the dissertation date as well as a connection to a Swedish University or corresponding non-profit research organization. Scientific merit, adjusted to the applicant's age, will be an important factor in the assessment process.

The applicant cannot be employed/Scholar at the intended host/University prior to the Wallenberg post-doc.

The Stipend cannot be combined with other stipends or positions. 

The Stipend is for a period of up to two years of postdoctoral studies. The Stipend amounts to approximately USD 71,000 annually (the final amount will be set in accordance with the standard rate of each institution). A travel grant of USD 7,500 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. 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. After each year during the whole period a progress report shall be prepared and sent to the Foundation.

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 is not required since the amount applied for is fixed. Submit instead a document, indicating if you intend to apply for the Accompanying family member allowance. 

The application shall be written in English.

Application period

The application period starts on October 18th and deadline for the application is November 15th at 1:00 pm.


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

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

Please note that it is only allowed to submit an application within one of the Foundation’s postdoc calls.

Contacts at Stanford University

Stanford Postdocs
How to Find, Approach, and Interview Potential Faculty Mentors

Professor Arthur Bienenstock, Co-director Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford University
Email: [email protected]