KIPAC Post-baccalaureate Fellowship

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
Stanford University
Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The KIPAC post-baccalaureate fellowship is a 15-month paid research program in physics and astronomy. The program will provide a mentored research experience in astrophysics and cosmology with a research team at KIPAC, an institute hosted by Stanford University and SLAC National Laboratory. Program participants will receive additional career advising and professional development to prepare them to succeed in a PhD graduate program in physics or astronomy. Selected interns will be expected to relocate to the area and find housing.

Program Goals: Research experience is an important part of graduate school applications in physics and astronomy, yet access to these experiences is not equally available to all students. The goal of this post-baccalaureate fellowship is to increase access to graduate programs in physics and astronomy for recent college graduates who have not had extensive research opportunities at their undergraduate institutions, including providing opportunities for students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds in physics and astronomy.

Program timeline: The program will start on June 24, 2024, and is intended to extend 15 months for most participants. Participants should be willing to make a minimum one year commitment to the program. Participants will be encouraged and supported to apply for PhD programs in physics or astronomy in Fall 2024.

Key Program Features: Research training in KIPAC research groups/labs at Stanford or SLAC; Mentorship from KIPAC faculty, scientists, postdocs, and graduate students; Monthly salary and health insurance; Scientific skills and professional development workshops; Speaking, networking, and community-building opportunities; Access to resources at Stanford and SLAC; Research will be conducted on the Stanford campus and/or at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Eligibility: Candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field by the start of the program (June 2024), and in general should not have previously been admitted to nor enrolled in a graduate program in these fields. College graduates returning to academia after less than 5 years in the workforce, or on personal leave, are eligible and welcome to apply. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the selection committee. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in pursuing graduate studies towards a PhD in astronomy or physics.  Candidates should be eligible for employment in California. Eligible candidates include U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA/AB240 students. Applications of international students will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis (ee details in the FAQ). All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. This program is committed providing opportunities to students from a range of backgrounds, including those who have been historically disadvantaged in physics and astronomy.

Application & Deadline: Applications received by March 15, 2024 will receive full consideration. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Applicants will be asked to provide a CV, university transcripts, two or three letters of recommendation, and a Personal Statement.

Instructions for Personal Statement: Please keep to no more than 2 pages, and address the following questions: 1. What fields of astrophysics are most interesting to you? 2. Why do you want to go to graduate school in physics or astronomy? 3. What do you see as the strengths of your current preparation for graduate study, and how will this program further prepare you to succeed in graduate school? 4. How has your background impacted your journey as a scientist? Check regarding how the Personal Statement will be evaluated.

Program Contact & Questions: Please check out our Frequently Asked Question page ( For questions not already listed on the FAQ page, please contact [email protected].

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 07
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 15


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