Through the Halper Summer Fellowship, students engage in international service that connects with academic learning and helps them explore career interests.
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 has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan.
Each Halper 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.
The Halper Summer Fellows Fund was established in 2014 to support international fellowship placements.
Halper 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:
- Attend a program orientation in April.
- Attend the IPREP workshop.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- 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 projects.
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
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.
We strongly encourage students to discuss placements with fellowships program staff at the Haas Center well before the application deadline. Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so 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:
- integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior 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
- interpersonal skills and cross-cultural adaptability (language ability preferred, not required)
- high-quality recommendations from people familiar with the applicant’s work and interests
- prior experience in the country or local community
- adequate in-country community connections (international projects require a local community partner, U.S. representatives or affiliates are not acceptable substitutes)
- safety: the safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. The fellowship program must adhere to the Provost’s International Travel Policy which states "Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips involving undergraduates to countries where a State Department Travel Warning has been issued is prohibited. No university funds can be used to support travel to these locations." The U.S. Department of State posts travel warnings.
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 safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. The Haas Center must adhere to the Provost’s International Travel Policy, which states that Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips that involve sending undergraduates to countries where a State Department Travel Warning has been issued is prohibited. University funds cannot be used to support travel to these locations. The U.S. Department of State posts advisories.
The application for summer 2018 is available 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, please contact Hilary Douglas.