Postdoctoral Fellowships

Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West periodically offers a one-year postdoctoral fellow position. The fellow’s primary research area should be related to the American West (i.e. west of the 100th meridian in North America, including Canada and Mexico).

Research topics can cover any historical periods or current affairs related to the American West. The Center welcomes applications from all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The postdoctoral fellow will pursue an independent research project, collaborate with faculty and staff at the Center, and may have instructional duties. The fellow is also expected to engage with the Center’s activities and seminars.


Postdoctoral appointments run for twelve months, September 1 through August 31. A list of benefits is available from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Center will not be soliciting postdoctoral applications for the 2024-25 academic year. Please check this page in Fall 2024 for an announcement regarding 2025-26.

If you have questions, please email Esther Conrad (esther [at]

Past Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-15
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-18
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-16
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2020-21
Affiliate, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-16
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-16
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2019-20
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-16
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-19
Affiliate, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-16
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-15, Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Sociology, 2012-13