Through the Jane Stanford Fellowship, continuing undergraduate students design and implement a service experience during the fall, winter or spring quarter. Students are encouraged to think about how their academic background and prior experiences might be useful to organizations and communities trying to develop better ways of addressing challenges they face. This fellowship provides an opportunity for students to expand on work started through a Cardinal Course, study abroad experience, student organization, or other campus program.
Applicants 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 a fellow and to support the proposed project/work plan.
Each Jane Stanford Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the fellowship. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
The Jane Stanford Fellowship is designed for students willing to devote a full quarter to a project/internship. Fellows are required to work with their host organization for at least 35 hours/week for at least ten consecutive weeks. Other commitments include the following:
Quarter before fellowship
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend orientation and/or advising sessions with Haas Center staff
- Design a personal learning plan for the experience.
- Update staff with changes to contact information.
- Share learning plan with community partner 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.
Quarter after fellowship
- 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.
All current continuing Stanford undergraduates are eligible to apply. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience. 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 continuing undergraduate applicants.
We strongly encourage students to discuss ideas for projects with fellowships program staff at the Haas Center well before they apply for a fellowship. Developing a suitable project takes time, so 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 the following:
- need for the project and potential impact on the community (short and long term)
- feasibility and viability of the project
- quality of direct interaction and collaboration with the community partner and community being served
- innovation in the project design
- relationship of the project to the applicant’s background and future plans
- ability, initiative, motivation and demonstrated commitment of the applicant
- flexibility and willingness to adjust project plans in accordance with community needs
Additional considerations for applicants proposing international opportunities include the following:
- the applicant’s ability to speak the native language
- 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 advisories.
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee.
Applications for the Jane Stanford Fellowship are accepted on a rolling basis. Students need to apply at least 2 months prior to their anticipated start date.
A complete fellowship application includes the following three components:
1) Application Form
- list of related academic coursework
- three relevant work or volunteer/public service experiences
- three bullet points of honors/awards
The personal statement questions are your opportunity to express why you are interested in this fellowship experience. The selection committee is interested in both your personal and academic reasons for applying to this program. Please ensure that you are thorough and specific in your responses to the questions. Respond to each question separately; each response should be approximately one paragraph (4 to 5 complete sentences) in length.
- What are your personal motivations for applying for this fellowship?
- How have you prepared for this particular fellowship?
- How does this particular fellowship contribute to your academic success at Stanford?
- What do you feel is your biggest challenge(s) in accomplishing your fellowship goals?
- How do you measure the success of your personal contribution?
Community Partner Questions
Supervisor from host organization must provide a written response to each of the following questions. When asking for written responses, be sure to indicate that all answers should be approximately one to two paragraphs in length. Cut and paste supervisor's answers in the appropriate section of your application. Supervisor's name and email address should also be included.
- Please provide general information about your organization, including its mission, when the organization was founded, and current number of staff.
- Please outline the job/project description. What tasks and responsibilities do you foresee offering this student during his/her fellowship? What goals will your organization hope to accomplish with the assistance of this student?
- Please indicate the requisite skills necessary for serving in this opportunity at your organization.
- Has your organization hosted and supervised interns/fellows in the past? Who will be responsible for supervising/mentoring our fellowship recipient? What will that supervision/mentorship look like for the fellow?
Provide personal expenses, including transportation costs, room and board, and project expenses.
A one-paragraph statement of the proposed focus of the fellowship experience (consider a written elevator pitch from which any stranger could understand your project goals and plans).
Project Description and Action Plan
One or two paragraphs answering each of the following:
- Clarify the community need and/or issue that your project addresses.
- Explain how your project addresses these needs and/or issue by outlining the overall goal and specific objectives for your work. Include an approximate timeline of activities.
- Explain the rationale for your choice of community partner and its involvement in the subject matter of your proposal.
Please submit an unofficial transcript via Stanford Axess.
- Go to the Student Center tab from the Axess home page.
- Click on "My Academics."
- Click on “View my unofficial transcripts.”
- In the drop down menu marked as “Career” select “undergraduate.”
- Click the green button “View Report.”
- Save pdf file with your name and upload to your application.
Provide Stanford faculty/staff recommender with detailed information about the fellowship(s) for which you are applying.
For more information, please contact Jon McConnell at the Haas Center.