Program Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Postdoctoral Program Admissions

The Clinical Psychology Fellowship at Stanford serves as the culmination of training in psychology and is guided by the scientist-practitioner model. Residents are offered diverse clinical experiences in assessment and treatment utilizing evidence-based treatments, rich didactics based on current empirical literature, opportunities for scholarly inquiry, and supervision by Stanford faculty.

The mission of the Fellowship Program is to train highly skilled, ethical psychologists who contribute to the field of psychology through clinical work, research and/or education.

Our postdoctoral fellowship aims to provide both breadth and depth of training. All postdoctoral fellows choose one or more area(s) of specialization (e.g., evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, DBT, eating disorders) and they also receive training in a wide variety of clinical presentations. Patients treated at Stanford Health Care come from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and there is also considerable diversity in terms of age, SES, sexual orientation, immigrant-status, and first language among our patient population.

In addition to top-quality training, we offer a generous annual stipend, health benefits, and leave policy, as well as many additional benefits that come with being a member of the Stanford community.

Our postdoctoral fellowship is a good fit for students who have trained in scientist-practitioner and clinical scientist graduate programs, as well as those from practitioner scholar programs where there was a strong emphasis on evidence-based treatment. Candidates with practicum and internship training experience in the specialty area(s) to which they are applying are a particularly good fit.


All applicants must have completed:

  1. APA- or CPA-accredited graduate programs in clinical, counseling psychology, school psychology, and clinical child psychology programs;
  2. APA- or CPA-accredited internships; and
  3. all requirements for their PhD or PsyD prior to beginning their appointment.

Other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

As above. APA- or CPA- graduate and internship training are mandatory. No exceptions will be made.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Residents

$64,268 (2020-2021)

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Residents


Program provides access to medical insurance for resident?


If access to medical insurance is provided Trainee contribution to cost required?

No (one plan is offered at no cost to the resident)

Coverage of family member(s) available?


Coverage of legally married partner available?


Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes (for a registered domestic partner)

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

15 calendar days

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

12 calendar days

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?


Other Benefits (please describe):

  • Professional Development Days (5 calendar days)
  • Parental Leave
  • Access to Child Care Assistance Grant Program*
  • Access to Emergency Grant-In-Aid Funds (for Unexpected Expenses)**
  • Free Caltrain Pass
  • Access to Stanford Libraries, Digital Collection, Recreation Facilities, and many more

Stanford Community Support

Stanford has an abundance of groups and organizations dedicated to creating a sense of community for all members of the Stanford community. 

For more information on postdoctoral benefits, please see:

Initial Post-Residency Positions

(Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 cohorts)



Total # of residents who were in the 3 cohorts


Total # of residents who remain in training in the residency program





Academic teaching



Community mental health center






University Counseling Center



Hospital/Medical Center



Veterans Affairs Health Care System



Psychiatric facility



Correctional facility



Health maintenance organization



School district/system



Independent practice setting






Correctional facility



School district/system



Independent practice setting



Not currently employed



Changed to another field









Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.