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Community Arts Fellowship

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

Community Arts Fellows spend a summer working full-time in the areas of curating, presenting, outreach and arts education. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad. 

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. Fellows assist in building and maintaining relationships with these arts organizations and the communities in which they are based.

Each Community Arts Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 award to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.

This fellowship is made possible by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) and the Philip and Jennifer Arnold Satre Fund.

Meet the current fellows


Community Arts 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:

Spring Quarter

  • Attend a program orientation in April.
  • Students participating in an international service project must attend the IPREP workshop.
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer and share the plan with community partner and IDA.


  • 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.

Autumn Quarter

  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer projects.
  • Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.

The Community Arts Fellowship 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.  Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the Institute for Diversity in the Artsor the Haas Center 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.

Institute for Diversity in the Arts
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Graduating students

For more information, contact Hilary Douglas.