Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA)
Haas Center for Public Service
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Design Your Own
Applications closed on February 1, 2022
SENSA Fellowships allow students to explore social entrepreneurship as a pathway of public service and social change. Fellows can spend a summer working full-time in the social entrepreneurship arena with an established social entrepreneur as a mentor.
The SENSA Fellows program is a partnership of the Haas Center and Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA), a student-led affiliate of the Haas Center. Selected fellows will spend a summer working full-time with a partner 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.
Each SENSA 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.
Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
Eligibility and Requirements:
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policiesin 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.
Selected Haas Center Cardinal Quarter Fellows are expected to begin service following the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 5, 2022. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Fellows may be required to work remotely depending on the forthcoming University policies. 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:
Quarter before fellowship
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.
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.
Quarter after fellowship
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.
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 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.