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Andrea Naomi Leiderman Fellowship

The Andrea Naomi Leiderman Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter program, supports undergraduate students conducting research related to low-income youth in California. The fellowship provides a base stipend up to $6,500 for nine consecutive weeks of full-time research. Additional financial aid (up to $2,200 maximum, based on demonstrated need) is available to students who qualify, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Leiderman Fellows contribute to ongoing research projects led by Stanford faculty as part of the research-practice partnership between the Graduate School of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District. The GSE-SFUSD Partnership unites research and practice to shape educational practices and policies that maximize educational experiences for all students. The Partnership matches researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education with SFUSD district leaders to solve key problems of practice. Together, they create research projects that directly inform the school district’s work to transform teaching and learning for San Francisco students.

There are over 30 ongoing research projects, including:

  • Analyzing data on homeless students in San Francisco
  • Revising tools used to assess English learner instruction
  • Researching information on key policies related to college and career readiness

We will work with each Fellow to match their interests in research, education, and skill-building with the right research project. You’ll be working with some of the best research teams and school district leaders from across the nation on pressing topics in education.


Selection Process:
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.

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 the organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Applicants whose application demonstrates a structural understanding of social and racial inequalities as they are reproduced through schooling, will be privileged.


Location: California

Open to: Undergraduates

Duration: 9-10 weeks


The deadline to apply is in February 28, 2020