Both service and learning are highly valued activities in the Jewish community. The Koret Summer Service Learning Fellowship in the Jewish Community provides an opportunity for continuing undergraduates and graduating seniors to design and implement summer service projects within the context of the Jewish community. Fellows may work with a domestic nonprofit organization that serves the Jewish community, helping to address some need within the community, or with a Jewish organization that seeks to alleviate a social welfare, educational, cultural or environmental problem in the non-Jewish community. The program is open to all Stanford continuing undergraduates and graduating seniors from any religious or ethnic background and to all majors and minors, though background in the academic study of Jews and Jewish culture make an application stronger.
At least twice, at the beginning and end of the summer, Koret Fellows meet with a mentor, in most cases the associate director for academic programming in the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, to discuss their project and report on their efforts. Projects should be undertaken in partnership with an existing organization, and they can also be pursued within the context of an existing program or internship offered by that organization. However, fellowship funding cannot be used for programs that require a participation fee. A strong proposal identifies a significant need or challenge faced by a community and an appropriate partner organization in a position to address that need in a meaningful way. 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.
It is the responsibility of the student applicant to identify and research the organization, establish contact with a representative, and secure its support. The director and associate director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies are available for consultation, but the student must ultimately find his or her own placement. The application process requires demonstration that the intended partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan. For additional information and assistance, contact Linda Huynh.
Koret Fellows receives a base stipend of $5,000, but additional financial aid is available to students who qualify.
This fellowship is made possible by the Koret Foundation and Taube Center for Jewish Studies.
Koret 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.
- 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.
- Meet with donor and/or faculty, when in area.
- 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 program debrief.
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
Currently enrolled undergraduate students and co-terms from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who have completed less than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Applicants may vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience. Graduating seniors may apply with the understanding that preference is given to continuing students.
We strongly encourage students to discuss placements with staff of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies 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.
- 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.
The application for summer 201is 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 Valerie Chow.