The Indigenous Communities Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, enables students to participate in a summer internship working with a nonprofit, government, or tribal organization on social, political, and/or economic issues impacting American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Indigenous Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. Through this fellowship, students engage with communities by applying their experience, academic pursuits, and leadership skills to address issues of social change, equity, and inclusion centered in the Indigenous experience.
Indigenous Communities Fellows spend a summer working full-time with a supervisor/mentor in a community organization of their choice. For opportunities during the fall, winter, or spring quarters, please see the Jane Stanford Fellowship.
Applicants propose their own placements in collaboration with their potential host organization. The application should effectively demonstrate that the intended partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan. Please view our list of Cardinal Quarter Connections for host organizations seeking to work with Stanford undergraduate students.
Each Indigenous Communities Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
The Haas Center for Public Service and the Native American Cultural Center partnered to launch the Indigenous Communities Fellowshipas part of the Cardinal Quarter initiative. Funding has been generously provided by the Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Selected Indigenous Communities 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.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and meet with the Native American Cultural Center staff to review, and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- 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.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities in conjunction with the Native American Cultural Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is available to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.
Students are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with 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.
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.