Through the Haas Center Cardinal Quarter Fellowship opportunity, continuing undergraduate students design and implement a full-time, service experience. Students are encouraged to think about how their academic background and prior experiences might be useful to organizations and communities trying to develop better ways of addressing challenges they face.
Applicants propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organization has the need, interest and capacity to work with a fellow and to support the proposed project/work plan. The Haas Center has many Resources for Fellowship Applicants, including our list of Cardinal Quarter Connections for host organizations seeking to work with Stanford undergraduate students, and our Meet the Undergaduate Fellows page with information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
Additional guidelines to consider before applying:
- Political-related opportunities: Undergraduate Fellowships and Cardinal Quarter funding cannot be used for work with political campaigns or partisan organizations (including any official party work).
- Stanford-based opportunities: A goal of Cardinal Quarter is for students to work away from campus, and to engage in the community with an established community partner. Opportunities based at Stanford / through Stanford may have lower priority for Cardinal Quarter funding and recognition.
Please review the program policies in their entirety before applying. Students cannot be enrolled in courses while they are completeing a cardinal quarter.
Each Haas Center Cardinal Quarter Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to support living expenses during the fellowship. Financial aid and supplemental funding may be available to students who qualify.
This fellowship is made possible by Haas Center donors and Community Service Work Study funds as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in their entirety.
Stanford undergraduates who have completed at least one quarter of coursework are eligible to apply.
Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Seniors may apply for fall or winter quarters, with the understanding that preference may be given to continuing undergraduate applicants. Note: Students are eligible for just one Haas Center fellowship in an academic year, including the summer quarter.
The Haas Center Cardinal Quarter Fellowship is designed for students willing to devote a full quarter to a project/internship. Fellows are required to work with their host organization for at least 35 hours/week for at least nine consecutive weeks.
Fellows must have a designated full-time professional staff member at the organization as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
Quarter before fellowship
- Meet with an academic mentor at least once.
- Complete an on-line orientation.
- Design a personal learning plan for the experience.
- Complete the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.
- Update staff with changes to contact information.
- Share learning plan with community partner and update accordingly.
- 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.
Quarter after fellowship
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer projects.
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
We strongly encourage students to discuss ideas for projects with fellowships program staff at the Haas Center well before they apply for a fellowship. Developing a suitable project takes time, so start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors and community partners regularly. Interviews and offers will be made on a rolling basis until all fellowship funding is granted.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate the following:
- 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. 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.
This opportunity encompasses all self-designed Haas Center sponsored fellowships including: Advancing Gender Equity, Black Diaspora, Chicanx/Latinx Communities, Earth Systems, Empowering Asian/Asian American Communities, Indigenous Communities, Public Interest Law, Rural Summer, Stanford in Government Stipends, Stanford Pride, Urban Summer.