Residential Fellowships in Behavioral Studies at CASBS Stanford
The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. We are pleased to partner with several entities to provide funding for some residential fellowships whose research projects focus on certain topics. Our newest partner fellowship programs are the Presence-CASBS and Stanford-Taiwan Social Science fellowships, which join the Berggruen, Mindset Scholars Network, and Stanford Cyber Initiative fellowships offered through CASBS.
CASBS is a collaborative environment that fosters the serendipity arising from unexpected intellectual encounters. We believe that cross-disciplinary interactions lead to beneficial transformations in thinking and research. We seek fellows who will be influential with, and open to influence by, their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort we assemble for a given year.
The ideal candidate for a CASBS fellowship is a highly accomplished academic (relative to career stage)—a major thinker whose work is consistently excellent, innovative, important, and influential. Specifically, the qualified applicant:
- Has a PhD, professional degree (e.g., JD, MD), an equivalent foreign degree, or has achieved an equivalent level of professional reputation.
- Is three to four years past the doctorate or equivalent degree (CASBS does not offer post-doctoral fellowships).
- Is an academic faculty member—or an independent scholar—who exhibits a high level of achievement (adjusted for rank), including a strong record of research publications.
- Is engaged in significant lines of research in a field of the behavioral/social sciences, or does work in the natural sciences or humanities that has important human behavioral and social dimensions.
- Communicates clearly in English.
- Is someone who is very interested in participating in regular interdisciplinary conversations.
- Is willing to commit to being in residence for the course of the fellowship year without conflicting commitments.
Although excellence in both research and accomplishments continues to be a necessary qualification for successful fellowship applicants, it is not a sufficient qualification. We seek fellows who will be both influential with, and open to influence by, their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort we assemble for a given year. The primary focus of the fellowship year is on reflection and writing, but we expect the work to be informed and transformed by the fellowship experience as a result of interactions with other fellows.
CASBS welcomes international scholars, who must be eligible to come to the Center on a J-1 scholar visa.
Fields of research
In addition to scholars working in fields of the behavioral and social sciences, scholars in the natural sciences, the humanities, the health sciences, the computer sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life may be considered for fellowships when their work has human behavioral and social dimensions.
About the Center’s selection process
The Center’s fellowship selection committee, composed of past CASBS fellows specializing in multiple disciplines, considers the best-rated applications for CASBS fellowship awards.
Final roster decisions (for all scholars requesting consideration, including past fellows) take into account a range of criteria for cohort composition, including but not limited to: disciplinary balance, institutional diversity, and demographic diversity (race/ethnicity, gender, career stage, nationality, and geographic location). Please note that priority in individual applicant selection will be given to first-time fellows.
Please also note that fellowship awards are not transferable to later years.
Decisions regarding the 2017-18 fellowship awards will be sent via e-mail in February 2017.
Residential and other requirements
CASBS is committed to the concept of a residential fellowship. Consequently, fellows must reside during their fellowship term in a community within ten miles of the Center. San Francisco, Berkeley, the East Bay, and San Jose, for example, do not fulfill this requirement. Center staff can provide information about finding housing and schools for those relocating for the fellowship year, but fellows are ultimately responsible for finding their own housing.
We further require that fellows:
- Not hold a concurrent teaching appointment or have commitments, including research or collaborations, that result in prolonged or frequent absences from the Center. We ask fellows to limit their travel to the absolutely essential for the fellowship year.
- Be present for lunch three to four days a week and attend the weekly seminars and other speaker events hosted by the Center.
As appropriate, stipends for the academic year will be awarded to supplement faculty sabbatical support; a significant portion of the fellow's total support is generally provided by sabbatical funds and external funding from awards and grants secured by the fellow. Except in unusual circumstances, Center stipend support is contingent on the applicant's provision of firm assurances of matching funds. Depending on available funds, the Center provides stipends according to the following principles:
- A Center stipend is based on the fellow's academic salary for the year before residence.
- That stipend cannot exceed one-half of the fellow's academic year (nine-month) base salary for that year and is additionally subject to an upper limit set by the CASBS board of directors.
- The cap is currently set at $73,000.
- The sum of the fellow's salary from a home institution and a Center stipend may not exceed the fellow's base academic salary for the fellowship year.
Fellows receive their stipend payments directly; the Center cannot assign a fellow’s stipend to a third party or institution.
We can only provide stipends to first-time fellows. Returning CASBS fellows are expected to provide their own stipend.