Program Policies and Requirements
Information for Haas Center-sponsored Cardinal Quarter Undergraduate Fellowship participants including eligibility, program requirements, and funding
The following Program Policies apply to Cardinal Quarter opportunities that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford in Government, SENSA, and CS Social Good. For details about Cardinal Quarter opportunities sponsored by other Stanford departments, please visit our campus partners' websites for more information.
Please note violations of Undergraduate Fellowships program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards.
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The Undergraduate Fellowships Program of the Haas Center provides summer and academic quarter-long opportunities for students to engage in full-time, intensive public service experiences in the U.S. and abroad as part of the Cardinal Quarter campus-wide initiative. Students can choose to pursue prearranged placements or self-designed opportunities. In most cases, students are expected to seek out their own community partners prior to the application deadline and propose their own placements with agencies that meet the program’s requirements. For certain fellowships, Haas Center staff will make the arrangements and students apply to work at specific placements.
Stanford in Government (SIG) Fellowships offer domestic and international policy-oriented internship placements that are prearranged by SIG, while students are able to develop their own placements through the SIG Stipends Program. See SIG’s website for more information.
Applicants propose their own placements in collaboration with their potential host organizations. Students are welcome to propose placements with a variety of organizations, keeping in mind the guidelines below:
- Political-related opportunities: Undergraduate Fellowships funding cannot be used for work with political campaigns or partisan organizations (including any official party work).
- Research-related opportunities: Research-focused opportunities will be considered if they are community-based and driven. See the Community-Based Research Fellowship as an example. Research done on campus, or at another higher education institution, typically will not be considered for funding. For grants supporting research, please explore the grants offered through Undergraduate Research.
- Stanford-based opportunities: A goal of Cardinal Quarter and the Undergraduate Fellowships Program is for students to get away from campus, and to engage in the community with an established community partner. Opportunities based at Stanford may not qualify for Haas-sponsored fellowships.
- For-profit organizations: Cardinal Quarter and Undergraduate Fellowships Program host organizations are typically nonprofits or government agencies. For-profit entities may be allowed if the proposed work and organization meet the following conditions: (i) the work/activity is primarily intended to create or provide a public benefit, (ii) the entity has explicitly and publicly articulated the intention to benefit the public and has integrated this intention in both internal- and external-facing documents, and (iii) the entity has agreed to, and has expressed a willingness to support, student exploration of the public value of the enterprise and/or the development of a civic identity as part of their engagement. Examples of these experiences include some of the Social E Fellowships.
- Fees for placement/sending organizations: Undergraduate Fellowships program funds cannot be used to pay fees to third-party placement organizations or volunteer sending organizations.
- Faith-based organizations: Working with a faith-based organization can be supported by an Undergraduate Fellowship, but the organization must be inclusive in who they serve, non-proselytizing and nonpartisan.
All fellows must have a supervisor/mentor at their host organization. The mentor/supervisor must be a staff member (i.e., not a volunteer) who works full time with the host organization. The mentor/supervisor may not be the fellow’s family member, and the host organization cannot be owned or run by the fellow’s family member.
Although Stanford is providing funding for a project or has recommended a student for a project, Stanford’s evaluation of the project has been limited to the merits of the student’s fellowship application. Haas Center staff do not necessarily have direct experience with, nor do we professionally endorse, partner organizations. Among other things, Stanford is not in the position to evaluate, and therefore has not evaluated, whether the project will take place in a safe and secure environment. Stanford is not responsible for matters that are beyond its control, and cannot warrant the safety or convenience of the circumstances under which the student will be traveling, living or working. Students are solely responsible for evaluating the safety of the environment in which they will be traveling and/or working and for taking appropriate precautions to safeguard their health and personal belongings.
Eligibility requirements vary across programs; please see fellowship descriptions for details. Continuing undergraduates are generally preferred for fellowships. Committees base decisions on the current applicant pool, which varies from year to year. See below for some general eligibility guidelines.
Enrollment Status and Academic Standing
Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for a fellowship opportunity, and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed. Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
Fellowship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain fellowship funds if they are on suspension.
Non-U.S. citizens are eligible for all of the Haas Center-sponsored fellowships; however, there may be citizenship restrictions for a few of the Stanford in Government Fellowships. Please check with the SIG team for more information.
Graduating seniors may have lower priority for fellowship opportunities. Graduating seniors are also not eligible for additional financial aid beyond the base stipend amount and cannot receive both an Undergraduate Fellowship and a postgraduate fellowship in the same year. Students who have completed their undergraduate studies and have begun their coterminal degrees (i.e., students who are paying for graduate tuition) are not eligible for the Undergraduate Fellowships Program.
Certain Undergraduate Fellowships and programs may be well suited for first-year students because there is a high-level of mentorship. These fellowships and programs include: Community Service Work-Study, Education Achievement Fellowship, Stanford Pride Fellowship, and Stanford in Government State/Local Fellowships.
Fellowship opportunities that are available for graduate students as well as undergraduates include: Schneider Fellows, Shultz Energy Fellowships, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies’ Global Policy Internships, Stanford Seed Internships, energyStartup Internships at the TomKat Center, Graduate Community-Based Research (GCBR) Fellowship, and Bay Area Climate Resilience Fellowship.
Multiple Cardinal Quarter Opportunities
With the exception of the Donald Kennedy Public Service Fellowship, students cannot receive the same Haas Center-sponsored fellowship more than once. Students may participate in multiple Cardinal Quarter opportunities over the course of their Stanford undergraduate careers, but priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities.
Students are eligible for just one fellowship sponsored by the Haas Center or a Haas Center-affiliated student group (i.e., SIG, CS Social Good, SENSA) in an academic year, including the summer quarter.
To be eligible for a fellowship, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of service.
Students selected to participate in the summer fellowships program are expected to begin service after the conclusion of spring quarter classes and final exams and no later than July 5, 2022. Students who wish to begin service outside of this window must meet with program staff to discuss alternatives. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks.
The Undergraduate Fellowships Program is designed as an experiential learning opportunity, and as such, we expect fellows to work on-site at their host organizations during their fellowship experiences (health and safety conditions permitting). Some hybrid or fully virtual experiences may be allowed on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the needs and capacities of the host organizations. If a fellow is engaging in a virtual experience, we expect the fellow to be situated in a similar time zone as the host organization supervisor and team members in order to facilitate synchronous project collaborations. A fellow who is approved for a fully virtual experience will not receive a cost-of-living adjustment to the base stipend.
Undergraduate Fellowships program participants are not permitted to engage in another full-time internship, job, or volunteer opportunity (whether funded by Stanford or otherwise), including but not limited to another Cardinal Quarter opportunity (such as the Global Studies Internship Program), an Undergraduate Research Major Grant, a Chappell Lougee Scholarship, a Beagle II Award, and a full-time departmental or faculty-grant supported research position. These opportunities require significant time commitments, and are each intended to support full-time efforts. Program participants may work in an additional internship, job, or volunteer position for no more than five hours per week.
Participants are also not permitted to enroll in coursework during the fellowship program.
Please note violations of Undergraduate Fellowship program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards.
Because the Undergraduate Fellowships Program is a service-learning program, the service work is only one of the expectations of fellows. Other program requirements include preparatory activities, debriefings, reporting, donor stewardship, and group reflection, which vary from fellowship to fellowship.
Generally, stipends begin at $5,500. Additional financial aid is available to students who qualify, and aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. Graduating seniors are not eligible for financial aid.
Fellows who will be working in domestic high cost-of-living areas will receive additional cost-of-living supplements. Fellows serving in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Los Angeles-area, New York City, and Washington, D.C. will receive an additional $1,000 cost-of-living supplement. Students serving in Boulder, Seattle, Honolulu, and Boston will receive an additional $500 cost-of-living supplement.* (*Cost-of-living supplements are not available for students who will be working virtually.)
Supplements for safety/security, vaccinations, and airfare may be available for fellows who are traveling internationally, but are not guaranteed.
Donald Kennedy Public Service Fellows and Alexander Tung Memorial Fellows may apply for up to $1,000 (above their stipends) to support project expenses, if in-person service experiences are permissible.
Stipends are not salaries; they are intended to support travel to and from the service site (if applicable) and living expenses (e.g., room and board, daily commute) while at site. Fellowship funding cannot be used to pay organizational program/training fees.
Fellowship participants cannot receive additional stipends from other Stanford departments or programs for the same work for which they are being funded for through the Undergraduate Fellowships Program.
As noted above, Haas-sponsored fellowship participants are not permitted to receive additional full-time experiential learning funding from another department or program, including another Cardinal Quarter opportunity (such as the Global Studies Internship Program), an Undergraduate Research Major Grant, a Chappell Lougee Scholarship, a Beagle II Award, and a full-time departmental or faculty-grant supported research position. These opportunities are each significant time commitments, and are each intended to support full-time efforts.
Students may be able to receive funding for a separate project they are engaging in following the fellowship commitment, subject to program policies and approval by Fellowships program staff.
- Undergraduate Research Funding: In some cases, students may receive a Small Grant for research to be conducted BEFORE the beginning of their fellowship or AFTER the completion of their service experiences. Students cannot receive dual funding for work during the same time frame.
- Community Service Work-Study Funding: Students must choose between a fellowship award and Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) funding. Students cannot receive funding from both the Fellowships Program and CSWS for service work during the same time frame.
The Undergraduate Fellowships program is intended to support service opportunities that are otherwise unpaid, and in most cases host organizations are not expected to contribute to a student’s stipend. If a host organization is able to provide a portion of a fellow’s stipend, we may deduct the stipend amount provided by the organization from the student’s total stipend award. Program staff will contact all host organizations to verify the amount of any compensation or stipend provided to fellows.
For Academic Year 2021-22 (inclusive of summer 2022), proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel, with no exceptions. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international service will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.
Travel Reservations Requirement
Undergraduate Fellows are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking air fare, hotels, or rental cars for their fellowship experiences.
International Service Considerations
Many of the fellowships offer students the opportunity to serve internationally. Note that international service may bring with it additional academic, logistical, and ethical considerations; applications should reflect an understanding of these potential challenges and the knowledge and skills to handle them appropriately.
Violations of Undergraduate Fellowships program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. Students who fail to abide by the policies set forth by the Undergraduate Fellowships Program, the Haas Center for Public Service, and Stanford University will have low/no priority for future Haas Center funding opportunities and programs. The Haas Center reserves the right to rescind funding at any given point and time should they be apprised of any policy violations as outlined above.