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Junior Fellows Program

The Junior Fellows Program at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) is a prestigious program for exceptionally qualified early-career scholars to conduct innovative AI research as Assistant Professors in a unique, supportive, and interdisciplinary environment with unparalleled opportunities for impact in research, policy, and education.

Program Description

HAI was established to support innovative AI research that bridges disciplines or fields. For this reason, we aim to appoint and support promising researchers working at intersections often overlooked by traditional academic departments, in addition to outstanding researchers pursuing core disciplinary topics.

HAI Junior Fellows are Assistant Professors (Research) who will be affiliated with both HAI and a traditional department (e.g., Computer Science or Psychology). They will contribute to HAI’s mission by conducting and publishing research, teaching undergraduate and/or graduate classes, mentoring students, and participating in the rich intellectual life on campus.

Becoming a HAI Fellow will provide an extraordinary springboard to launch a young researcher’s career, including generous research support, access to students, and a low teaching load.

Terms of Appointment

  • HAI Junior Fellow/Assistant Professor (Research) appointments will be for a non-renewable five-year term. They will have academic council status, enabling them to be principal investigators on externally funded grants. 
  • Fellows will teach one class per year for the appointing academic department. 
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in HAI community activities, in addition to meeting the expectations of a Stanford faculty member. 
  • Fellows will receive a competitive salary and generous research/start-up package. 


We are seeking applicants from all areas of research related to artificial intelligence, spanning theoretical foundations, systems, software, applications, and social impact.  We are particularly interested in applicants doing research at the frontiers of artificial intelligence with other disciplines, including but not limited to the humanities, business, education, law, medicine, and physical and social sciences.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. by the position start date, must have demonstrated the ability to pursue a program of research, and must have a strong commitment to teaching.  A successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per year at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels.

Application Process

Application deadline closed on December 1, 2020

The following application materials must be submitted to Academic Jobs Online. 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Publication List
  • Four Reference Letters 
Academic Jobs Online (AJO)

AJO will generate and send automated requests and upload links for reference letters to recommender email addresses provided by the applicant. It is recommended that applicants confirm with letter writers that they have received the request and link from AJO. Auto-generated messages are prone to loss and spam filtering. 

Verification that letters of reference have been uploaded may be obtained by checking the application Status on AJO.

Current doctoral students should enter the date of their “Highest Degree Earned” as their expected PhD conferral date. 

To facilitate the assignment of reviewers to applications, applicants must choose a primary research area from the menu below. The choices will not map perfectly to every proposal. Indeed, many interdisciplinary proposals will fit comfortably across two or more research areas. The research areas are: 

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Vision
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.