The summer projects fellowships, Cardinal Quarter opportunities, allow students to develop and implement innovative service projects in collaboration with communities to address identified needs.
Through the fellowship undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with a community partner to design and implement summer service projects resulting in tangible deliverables used to sustain service to a community. Fellows work to alleviate some of society’s most pressing concerns across the globe. Projects vary in size and scope, work with diverse constituencies, and address a wide range of issues. Fellows may work in any field of interest. 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.
Through the Ahonen-Jover Cardinal Quarter Fellowship for Innovations in Human Rights will support one student annually to design and propose an innovative project for advancing human rights in the United States or abroad in collaboration with a host organization and faculty mentor. Successful applicants will have a vision and entrepreneurial spirit and wish to create new strategies to advance human rights worldwide. Priority will be given to projects aimed at achieving equal rights for LGBTQ people and related sexual minorities, however, innovation in human rights is the first priority. For additional LGBTQ oppportunities see the Stanford Pride Fellowship.
Through the Alexander Tung Memorial Fellowship, students can explore the use of science and technology for the benefit of society at large. In particular, the awardees will use science and technology for social entrepreneurship, for youth education, and/or as a solution to a social problem through field service work with a partner placement organization, or a community-based research project. In the research modality, the fellow will work with a faculty advisor on a project that involves application or development of technology as a vehicle for social entrepreneurship.
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 is a well- run organization, where they will receive adequate guidance and supervision. Please view our list of Cardinal Quarter Connections for host organizations seeking to work with Stanford undergraduate students.
Each summer project fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify. Additional funding up to $1,000 for project expenses is available to each fellow.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
The Haas Center for Public Service inaugurated the Donald Kennedy Summer Fellowship Program in 1984 to honor former Stanford President Donald Kennedy’s commitment to public service.
The Ahonen-Jover Cardinal Quarter Fellowship for Innovations in Human Rights begins in 2019. The donors believe we can visualize a world without prejudice, in which the dignity of each human being is respected.
The Alexander Tung Memorial Fellowship was created in 2012 to honor the life and work of Alex Tung (BS '00, MS '02, and PhD '10 in Electrical Engineering).
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; the Round 2 deadline may be in March. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
The project fellowships are designed for students willing to devote their summer to a project that is student designed, student implemented, has an immediate impact within nine weeks, provides the community partner with a tangible deliverable, and is sustainable beyond the summer. Selected Projects' 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:
- Enroll and participate in Designing Your Cardinal Quarter (ME 191; 1-unit) on Wednesdays from 3-4:20pm during weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, a course developed in collaboration with the d.life Lab to help fellows prepare for the summer experience.
- 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 share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- Students participating in an international service project must complete international service preparation requirements.
- 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 projects.
- Present project at the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS).
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered 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 projects with Fellowships Program staff well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials. Developing a suitable summer project 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 the following:
- need for the project and potential impact on the community (short and long term)
- feasibility and viability of the project
- quality of direct interaction and collaboration with the community partner and community being served
- innovation in the project design
- relationship of the project to the applicant’s background and future plans
- ability, initiative, motivation and demonstrated commitment of the applicant
- flexibility and willingness to adjust project plans in accordance with community needs
Additional considerations for applicants proposing international projects 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)
- safety: the safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. The fellowship program must adhere to the Provost’s International Travel Policy which states "Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips involving undergraduates to countries where a State Department Travel Warning has been issued is prohibited. No university funds can be used to support travel to these locations." The U.S. Department of State posts travel warnings.
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.