The Andrew J. Daher Memorial Fellowship encourages students to develop projects that explore the intersections of business or economics and public service, subjects about which Andrew was passionate.
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.
Each fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
The Andrew J. Daher Memorial Fellowship was created in 2001 and is funded by family and friends of Andrew Daher, ’98, an alumnus who passed away only a few years after his graduation from Stanford.
The Daher Memorial Fellowship is 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. Fellows are required to work on their project for at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. 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 entire FAQs section for program policies. Other program commitments include the following:
- Enroll and participate in EDUC 170, designed to help fellows prepare for the summer experience.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer.
- Students participating in an international service project must attend the IPREP workshop.
- Update staff with changes to contact information.
- Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
- 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 experiences.
- 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.
One Daher Memorial Fellowship is awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students from any academic discipline. Priority will be given to students who have completed less than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors may apply with the understanding that preference may be given to competitive continuing undergraduate applicants. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.
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:
- 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
- a strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified urban issue, problem or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee, with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.
The application for summer 2018 is here.
The recommendation link is here: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/haas/outside/CQrecommend.fb. Recommenders can include Stanford faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, residence fellows, appointed lecturers, former employers, teachers etc. Fellow undergraduate students should not serve as recommenders.
For more information, contact Hilary Douglas.