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Black Diaspora Fellowship

Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 
February
Description: 

The Black Diaspora Fellowship, including the Michael Tubbs Black Communities Fellowship, enables students to participate in a summer practicum working with a nonprofit organization or government agency on social, political and/or economic issues affecting Black American communities. Students will have an in-depth learning experience that will foster an opportunity to apply what they have learned in and out of the classroom about race, diversity, equity and social justice.

The Black Diaspora 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 program.

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.

Upon selection, a suitable academic mentor is paired with the fellows in order to help them highlight options that assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.

Each Black Diaspora 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 Haas Center for Public Service and the Black Community Services Center partnered to launch the Fellowship as part of the Cardinal Quarter initiative. Funding has been generously provided by Haas Center and BCSC donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.

 

Requirements: 

Black Diaspora Fellows are required to work 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 entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:

Spring Quarter

  • Attend a program orientation in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer and meet with the Black Community Services Center Directors to review.

Summer

  • Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
  • Submit a brief mid-summer report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Autumn Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activity in conjunction with the Black Community Services Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.
Eligibility: 

Fellowships will be 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.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available 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. 

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. Committee decisions are final.

 

Application : 

The application for summer 2018 is here

The recommendation link is here: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/haas/outside/CQrecommend.fbRecommenders can include Stanford faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, residence fellows, appointed lecturers, former employers, teachers etc. Fellow undergraduate students should not serve as recommenders.

Organization: 
Black Community Services Center
Haas Center for Public Service
Quarters: 
Summer
Location: 
U.S.
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Undergraduates
Contact: 

Sponsored by the Black Community Services Center and the Haas Center.

For more information, contact BCSC Interim Associate Dean of Students & Director Brent Obleton (bobleton@stanford.edu)

 

Duration: 
Summer