Through the Roland Longevity Fellowship, Stanford students provide service to older adults and/or conduct research on issues of aging, in order to enhance the quality of life and participation in the community for this population.
The fellowship is offered in partnership with the Stanford Center on Longevity and other programs on campus. Roland Fellows have the opportunity to work with over 140 faculty affiliates of the Center on Longevity on community-based research projects related to aging and longevity, or to design and implement their own summer service projects or internships that meet the fellowship criteria. Projects can include new technologies, social entrepreneurship, the psychology of aging and other current topics. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad.
Roland Fellows receive a base stipend of $5,000, but additional financial aid is available to students who qualify. Please review specific program requirements, eligibility and application information.
The fellowship was established in 2013, and is made possible by the Miriam Aaron Roland Fellowship Fund Focusing on the Elderly.
Roland Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours per 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.
- International Service: attend 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 program debrief.
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
In recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of the issues affecting the long-lived and aging populations, the Roland Longevity 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. 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.
For those who seek assistance with their projects and placements, advising is available with the Center on Longevity or the Haas Center for Public Service 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.
*Please note that international fellowships take considerably more preparation and advising than domestic fellowships, and the selection committee will assess these applications accordingly.
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
Additional considerations for applicants proposing international placements 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 warnings.
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee during winter quarter with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.
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.