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. For opportunities during the fall, winter, or spring quarters, please see the Jane Stanford Fellowship.
Applicants must 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 an intern/fellow for nine consecutive weeks 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.
Additional guidelines to consider before applying:
- Stanford-based opportunities: A goal of Cardinal Quarter is for students to get away from campus, and to engage in the community with an established community partner. Opportunities based at Stanford / through Stanford may not qualify for Cardinal Quarter funding and recognition.
- Fees for placement/sending organizations: Cardinal Quarter funds cannot be used to pay fees to third-party placement organizations or volunteer sending organizations. Exceptions to this are made for qualified organizations through the Global Service Fellows program.
- Faith-based organizations: Working with a faith-based organization can be supported by a Cardinal Quarter fellowship, but the organization must be inclusive in who they serve, non-proselytizing and nonpartisan.
Please review the entire program policies prior to 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 is available to students who qualify.
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 opportunities that are student-designed in collaboration with the community partner, student-implemented, have an immediate impact within nine weeks, are sustainable and leave a tangible deliverable with the community partner (including the Alexander Tung Memorial Fellowship focused on science and technology and the Donald Kennedy Summer Fellowship) students should apply to the Summer Projects Fellowships.
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 International Public 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 international service preparation preparation requirements.
- Secure necessary travel visas. Please keep in mind that it is the student's responsibility to obtain any and all required documents before departure.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- 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.