The Haas Center for Public Service is committed to helping Stanford students engage in meaningful public service and learning opportunities. We believe that international service learning opportunities contribute to students’ global education. These Cardinal Quarter experiences can be the first step in helping students gain awareness of issues facing humanity, and the opportunity to seek potential solutions in partnership with local organizations.
For summer 2020, the Haas Center is continuing a program in partnership with Omprakash and their Education through Global Engagement (EdGE) initiative. Students accepted into this program will engage in the EdGE curriculum during spring quarter (receiving 1-unit of credit) and work to identify and confirm an internship placement for the summer. Internship opportunities are 9-weeks, full-time and can be with an Omprakash Partner (grassroots social impact organizations throughout the world) or through U.S.-based registered organizations that specialize in international service-learning opportunities. Examples of these organizations include: VIA, and Child Family Health International
If you identify a potential program other than an Omprakash partner, you MUST check with the Haas Center for Public Service for approval PRIOR to application submission. Please contact Jon McConnell, email@example.com.
Selected students will receive a grant of $5,000 - $8000, based on cost of program and financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The grant funds can be used to pay for costs associated with the summer service-learning opportunity. Funds will be granted to a student based on their acceptance by a sponsor partner or program.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
Funding for this program has been generously provided by the David Abernethy NGO Internship Fund, the H. Michael Stevens Fellowship Fund in the Haas Center for Public Service, the Steven and Jean Haas Undergraduate International Service in Science Fund, the Office of the President, and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Any Stanford undergraduate is eligible to apply for the Global Service Fellows program. Stong preference will be given to students who:
- will be returning to campus the following year
- have not been involved in an international service-learning experience
- will be involved in a program at least 9 weeks, full-time in duration
- have not received previous Haas Center funding/fellowships
Selected Global Service Fellows are expected to begin service after the conclusion of spring quarter and no later than July 6, 2020. All summer fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Complete the EdGE 10-week curriculum.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Finalize their summer placement by early spring.
- Secure necessary travel visas. Please keep in mind that it is the student's responsibility to obtain any and all required documents before departure.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer, and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- *Students travelling to Africa must attend the "Going to Africa" dinner.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
- *Students traveling to Africa must attend the "Back from Africa" dinner.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications.
Students are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with Fellowships Program staff well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials. Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors, and community partners regularly.
*Students travelling to Africa are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with the Center for African Studies well before the application deadline.
PLEASE NOTE: Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors and community partners regularly. International fellowships take considerably more preparation and advising than domestic fellowships, and selection committees expect applications of a higher caliber.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.
*The safety of travel to any international destination is monitored up until time of departure. The Haas Center must adhere to the Provost's International Travel Policy, which states: Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips are prohibited to countries or regions and locations within a country where the U.S. Department of State has issued an official Travel Advisory of Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) or Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination, or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. No university funds or resources may be used, or university sponsorship provided, in support of travel to these locations.