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Social E Fellows

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Social E Fellowships allows students to explore social entrepreneurship as a pathway of public service and social change. Fellows can spend a summer working full-time in the social entrepreneurship arena with an established social entrepreneur as a mentor.

The Social E Fellows program is a partnership of the Haas Center and Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA), a student-led affiliate of the Haas Center. Selected fellows can spend a summer working full-time with one of the organizations listed on this SENSA page. These organizations have previously partnered with SENSA and/or have ongoing connections with Stanford.

Each Social E Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.

Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by individual donors to the Haas Center and Cardinal Quarter program.


Social E 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 a program orientation in April.
  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer.


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



Social E 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.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications.

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. Committee decisions are final.

Application : 

The application for summer 2018 is available here

For more information visit the SENSA website.

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

For more information, contact Veer Shah or Loghan Thain at SENSA or Jon McConnell at the Haas Center