As of October 2022, all undergraduate international travelers who have not been fully vaccinated or boosted and have a university-approved exemption should work with their sending program/unit and must comply with any mitigation strategies recommended by the university.
With limited exceptions, travel for undergraduate students is not permitted to countries, regions or cities where the International SOS travel or medical risk rating is “High” or “Extreme.” To determine a location’s International SOS medical and travel risk ratings, please visit this page.
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Through the International Public Service Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, students engage in international service that connects academic learning with public service and helps them explore career interests abroad.
International Public Service Fellows spend a summer working full-time with a supervisor/mentor in a community organization of their choice.
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 of host organizations seeking to work with Stanford undergraduate students, and our Meet the Undergraduate Fellows page with information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
Please review the program policies in their entirety before applying.
Each international public service fellow receives a base stipend of $6,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid international service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding are available to students who qualify.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
The International Public Service Fellowship encompasses:
The African Service Fellowship, a joint program with the Center for African Studies, supporting students’ work on social and economic issues in Africa, was initiated in 2003 and is made possible by the David Abernethy NGO Internship Fund, the African Service Fellowship Fund, the Tom Lockard and Alix Marduel International Public Service Fellowship for Undergraduates Fund, and the Kasem Lamsam Education Development Fellowship Gift Fund.
The Halper Summer Fellowship supporting students' engagement in international service that connects with academic learning and helps them explore career interests was established in 2014 to support international fellowship placements.
The Minev Family Fellowship supporting students' service engagement in Brazil, Bulgaria, or countries in South America other than Brazil (preferences in that order) was established in 2015.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Undergraduates 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 will have lower priority. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Students are welcome to propose placements with a variety of public interest organizations, keeping in mind funding will be restricted for certain types of political, research, Stanford-based, for-profit, and faith-based organizations. Please review the “Host Organization Eligibility” section of our program policies for more information.
Is this work proposal a project? A project is defined as student designed in consultation with a community partner, student implemented, has an immediate impact within the 9 weeks, provides a tangible deliverable to the community and is sustainable beyond the summer. Project-based fellows may be awarded up to an additional $1000 for project-related expenses. Click here for more information.
Selected International Public Service fellows are expected to begin service after the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 5, 2023. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Fellows are expected to work on-site at their host organizations (University policies and health conditions permitting), but some fully virtual experiences may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Fellows must 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 an online program orientation.
- Complete Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with site supervisor and academic mentor.
- Complete international service preparation requirements.
- *Students traveling 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.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating fellowship experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.
- *Students traveling to Africa must attend the "Back from Africa" dinner.
For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the Haas Center 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 fellowship 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
Additional considerations for applicants proposing international service include the following:
- the applicant’s ability to speak the native language
- prior experience in the country or local community
- adequate in-country community connections (international projects require a local community partner, U.S. representatives or affiliates are not acceptable substitutes)
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships within six weeks of the application deadline. 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.