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Stanford Pride Summer Fellowship

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Deadline Month: 

The Stanford Pride Fellowship strives to promote activism within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the United States and around the world. Stanford Pride fellows have the opportunity to spend a summer addressing LGBT issues by working full time with an organization actively engaged in this area of work. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad.  

Applicants must propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their prospective partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan. Applicants may contact George Duran of Stanford Pride for assistance with locating suitable internship placements.

Each Huffington Pride 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.


This fellowship is made possible by the Huffington Pride Fellowship Fund and Stanford Pride donors.

Meet the current fellows


Pride 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 and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
  • Students participating in an international service project must attend the IPREP workshop.


  • 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.

Autumn Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once. 
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
  • Attend Stanford Pride Reunion/Homecoming Reception held in the fall and give brief oral report.
  • Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.

Pride Fellowships are 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 is 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 in January to help students develop their applications.

We strongly encourage students to discuss ideas for 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.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate:

  • integration of the fellowship experience with academic, personal and/or career goals
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • extent to which the proposed experience would enlarge the applicant’s understanding of contemporary queer issues
  • initiative, motivation, and demonstrated commitment to the queer community

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 with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.


The safety of travel to any international destination is monitored 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.


Application : 

The application for summer 2018 is available here.

The recommendation link is here: can include Stanford faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, residence fellows, appointed lecturers, former employers, teachers etc. Fellow undergraduate students should not serve as recommenders.



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

For more information, please contact Hilary Douglas.