Through the Roland Longevity Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, Stanford students provide service to older adults and/or conduct research on issues of aging, in order to enhance the quality of life and participation in the community for this population.
Roland Longevity 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.
The fellowship is offered in partnership with the Stanford Center on Longevity and other programs on campus. Roland Fellows have the opportunity to work with over 140 faculty affiliates of the Center on Longevity on community-based research projects related to aging and longevity, or to design and implement their own summer service projects or internships that meet the fellowship criteria. Projects can include new technologies, social entrepreneurship, the psychology of aging and other current topics. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad. 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 Roland Longevity 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 Roland Longevity Fellows' community partners and projects.
The fellowship was established in 2013, and is made possible by the Miriam Aaron Roland Fellowship Fund Focusing on the Elderly. Image provided courtesy of Roland Longevity Fellowship partner organization Mon Ami Activity Companions.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
In recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of the issues affecting the long-lived and aging populations, 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.
Seclected Roland 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.
- 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 program debrief.
- Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance with their projects and placements, advising is available with the Center on Longevity or the Haas Center for Public Service to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.
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.
*Please note that international fellowships may take considerably more preparation and advising than domestic fellowships, and the selection committee will assess these applications accordingly.
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.