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Engineering in Service International Fellowship

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

The Engineering in Service International Fellowship allows students to apply what they have learned through their academic studies during a summer practicum experience working with an international nonprofit organization or government agency.  Fellows can expand on an engineering experience started through a course, internship, research or volunteer activity by continuing with an existing partner organization, or can identify another relevant organization. The focus of the fellow’s work must be technical/engineering-centered, but can involve any of the public service pathways: Activism, Community-Engaged Scholarship, Direct Service, Philanthropy, Policy/Politics, and Social Entrepreneurship.  

Engineering in Service International Fellows have the opportunity to spend a summer working full time with a supervisor/mentor in an international 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 a fellow/intern and to support the proposed work plan.

Applicants will also propose a suitable academic mentor in order to help them highlight options that assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.

Each Engineering in Service International Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.

Funding for this new initiative has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.

Examples of past fellowship experiences that could qualify for this program:

Claudia Brunner, ’17 (Mechanical Engineering); Bottomup, Capetown, South Africa Claudia is working with Bottomup and assisting the Parkwood Primary School in determining the best way to utilize its existing computer room by integrating computers into the school’s curriculum and ensuring that the facilities meet the teacher's needs.

Charlie Jiang, ’16 (Engineering Physics); City Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal Working from Stanford, Charlie will help create an online “storymap” to help track cultural resources for tourism in an effort to contribute to the post-earthquake recovery efforts.

Evelyn Li, ’18 (Civil Engineering); IBEKA, Indonesia Evelyn is implementing a remote monitoring system to measure the power generated by micro-hydro plants that IBEKA has built in Indonesia.

Dafna Szafer, ’15 (Product Design Engineering); ReMaterials, Ahmedabad, India Dafna is working with ReMaterials, a social enterprise based in India whose mission is to supply affordable roofing solutions for urban villages and slums, and is helping to improve the engineering and design of the organization’s current roofing system, ModRoof, and is assisting with day-to-day activities like strength testing, waterproofing, and creation of marketing materials.

The Haas Center for Public Service and the Global Engineering Programs (GEP) partnered to launch the Engineering in Service International Fellowshipas part of the Cardinal Service initiative.


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 program orientations with Haas and GEP staff in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Secure necessary travel visas
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer.
  • Attend the IPREP workshop.


  • 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 debriefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.



Fellowships will be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who are declared within the School of Engineering. Proposed programs are expected to apply and extend students’ engineering education and to take place in a developing country, serving a population in need. 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 is given to competitive continuing undergraduate applicants. Applicants may vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience. 

Selection Process: 

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

 Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so  so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors and community partners regularly.

*Please note that international fellowships take considerably more preparation and advising than domestic fellowships, and selection committees expect applications of a higher caliber.

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.

Application : 

The application for summer 2018 is available here. 

The recommendation link is here: can include Stanford faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, residence fellows, appointed lecturers, former employers, teachers etc. Fellow undergraduate students should not serve as recommenders.

Global Engineering Programs
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 
Graduating students

For more information, contact Jon McConnell at the Haas Center or Victoria W. Bianchi at Global Engineering Programs