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Graduate Public Service Fellowship

In partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Haas Center offers the Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship. The program awards fellowships to Stanford graduate students who want to explore and prepare for professorial or other careers in which they will engage in scholar-activism, community-based research or public scholarship.

Twenty fellows receive $1,000 stipends per quarter.

The Haas Center for Public Service provides students with opportunities to consider how their community and scholarly interests relate and guides them in exploring the intersection of their professional and community-engaged goals. For graduate students preparing for faculty positions, community engagement can enrich and enhance their teaching, research, and professional service. Individuals pursuing nonacademic jobs can include public interest projects in their professional repertoire.

The GPS Fellowship creates a supportive network among graduate students who share an interest in scholar-activism, community engagement, or public scholarship and provides resources to make this engagement a successful part of their future careers. In 15 seminars throughout the academic year, a multidisciplinary cohort of graduate students meets with disciplinary role models, community partners, and community-engaged scholarship leaders to develop their knowledge of the following:

  • community-engaged scholarship practices (e.g., critical pedagogy, participatory action research, community-based research methodology)
  • resources for public engagement work in individual disciplines and higher education in general
  • strategies for disseminating public scholarship and representing it in academic promotion and tenure processes
  • skills for engaging, leading, and mentoring undergraduate students in public service

Related meeting topics include the history of community-engaged scholarship; critical frameworks for approaching community-based research; dissemination strategies for community-engaged scholarship, and the relationship between the academy and community-based work. Faculty and practitioners share perspectives and advice on these issues. 

In addition to attending all group seminars, GPS fellows are supported in developing individual work plans that outline contributions to at least one community-based project within the fellows' disciplines. Examples include conducting research for a partner organization; facilitating public service leadership workshops for student organizations; developing programming for community partners, supporting community partner organizations' campaigns, or teaching a session in relevant courses such as those connected to the Public Service Scholars or Education Partnerships programs. Project work plans are developed and approved in collaboration with GPS program staff.

GPS Fellowship Application

Applications for the 2020-21 fellowship are due May 29, 2020, at 11:59pm. Click here for the application. You will be able to upload your CV/resume and transcript via this application portal as well. 

A complete application includes the following:

  • application form 
  • curriculum vitae or résumé
  • unofficial transcript
  • endorsement from primary graduate advisor(s) - a formal letter of recommendation is not required, though we ask that you have a conversation with your advisor about your intention to apply to GPS and secure their endorsement. Please see application for more details on what this entails.

For additional information, please contact Joanne Tien at

Required Qualifications

Stanford graduate students from all departments and programs who are considering careers in higher education or in fields amenable to community engagement are eligible to apply. Through academic accomplishments, commitment to community service, and teaching/mentoring experience, candidates must demonstrate potential to become successful public scholars.

Preferred Qualifications

  • enrollment in the most advanced degree program in one's field (e.g., PhD, MD, JD)
  • plans for a career as a faculty member in a college or university
  • engagement with one or more communities that are underrepresented in the academy, as well as demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • experience mentoring/advising undergraduates or facilitating workshops for them

Meet the 2019-20 GPS Fellows

Nima Dahir

Nima Dahir is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and PhD student in Sociology with research interests in housing inequality and the varying conceptions of race and theories of discrimination. Nima is particularly interested in how access to housing affects the long-term outcomes of immigrant communities. Outside of her academic work, Nima is a co-founder and board member of Refuge, an organization centered on mentoring young adult refugees. Prior to studying at Stanford, Nima graduated from the Ohio State University with bachelors’ degrees in mathematics and economics, where she conducted behavioral and development economics research. As a GPS Fellow, Nima is looking forward to fostering her skills and further developing her community-based research.

Claire Daviss

Claire Daviss is a PhD candidate in Sociology with research interests in gender, work and employment, and social and economic inequality. Claire is currently studying the way changes in the structure of work, associated with the rise of the gig economy, create economic opportunities and challenges for women. Prior to studying at Stanford, Claire graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. As an undergraduate, she interned at several nonprofit community-serving organizations, including MALDEF in San Antonio, Texas, and Junta for Progressive Action, in New Haven, Connecticut. Since graduating, Claire spent the three years leading communications for the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. Outside of her academic work, Claire also volunteers as a college coach, mentoring current high school seniors through the college application process. As a GPS Fellow, Claire is looking forward to connecting with academic researchers and community members working on poverty reduction and inequality in the Bay Area and beyond.

Pablo Delaporte

Pablo Delaporte is a PhD candidate in Anthropology with research interests on subjectivity, identity, activism, and governance in cities of the global South. Pablo’s current project concerns informal settlements with a predominantly migrant population in Antofagasta, Chile’s copper mining capital in the Atacama Desert, where he focuses on how Black and Indigenous women challenge liberal government plans that see their settlements as environmentally, economically, and socially vulnerable spaces. Pablo’s project engages with migrant women who struggle against the destruction of their communities, as both a product of and an escape from the conditions of structural violence that affect migrants in Chile. Outside of his academic work, Pablo is also committed to democratizing and decolonizing academic knowledge production as a section editor for Cultural Anthropology’s online site and as a co-coordinator for decolonial scholarship workshops sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL).

Katie Dickerson

Katie Dickerson is a fourth-year MD candidate in the School of Medicine with research interests on development of learning and memory in children with and without developmental disorders. Katie has served as manager of the Arbor Free Clinic and started a new health navigation program for homeless women as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Additionally, Katie also worked as a consultant for Remote Area Medical, focusing on the improvement of their domestic free clinics, and consulted on non-communicable diseases projects with the World Health Organization. Furthermore, she has worked with Stanford Patient & Family Partner Program to help develop the new “Becoming Their Doctor,” course which trains new medical students to cultivate and maintain compassion within the healthcare system. Prior to studying at Stanford, Katie worked in Eastern Kentucky for a nonprofit home repair organization. As a GPS Fellow, Katie is excited to learn how to better work with underserved communities, and hopes to use her career to advocate for the people and the healthcare infrastructure of Central Appalachia.

Latifah Hani Hamzah

Latifah Hani Hamzah is the Gabilan Graduate Fellow in Mechanical (M.S.) and Environmental (Ph.D) Engineering with research interest in water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries, and the contamination pathways of low infrastructure areas. Latifah’s projects have investigated drinking water contamination in Kenyan water supplies and explored the human and animal microbiomes in Bangladeshi slums and villages. Latifah was the Graduate Sustainability Fellow at Roble Hall and has led multiple local and international projects with Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), in addition to serving on the Committee for Graduate Studies and the Faculty Senate. Moreover, Latifah co-founded Engineers Without Borders Malaysia and also taught the ‘Engineering & Sustainable Development’ course. Prior to studying at Stanford, Latifah earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT with minors in Energy Studies and Music, as well as a concentration in French. Latifah also earned a B.Mus from Codarts Rotterdam in Classical Violin with qualifications in extramural music education and pedagogy.

Nina Toft Djanegara

Nina Toft Djanegara is a PhD student in Anthropology with research interests in the application of technology to social and polical issues. In particular, her ethnographic research examines how facial recognition and biometric technology is applied in U.S. border management and law enforcement. She is interested in how these technologies mediate the way that knowledge about populations is produced and how these technologies extend bordering logics and practices beyond the territorial boundary line. Prior to studying at Stanford, Nina earned her M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Yale University and B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside of her academic work, Nina is involved in pedagogical community service initiatives, such as various ESL and literacy projects serving immigrants and refugees.

Zainab Hosseini

Zainab Hosseini is a doctoral student in Developmental and Psychological Sciences at the Graduate School of Education with research interests around education within emergency contexts, including war zones and refugee camps. Zainab studies trauma-informed socioemotional learning (SEL) interventions that can mitigate the impact of exposure to such adversities and recently taught SEL skills to Syrian refugee children in the North of Lebanon. Prior to studying at Stanford, she earned a B.S. in Family Sciences from the University of Maryland, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MSW from the University of Michigan. While at Harvard, Zainab collaborated with the UNHCR to explore the educational attainability of refugees in Iran, and designed a follow-up research project to study young refugee women’s experiences in the country at the University of Michigan. In addition, Zainab also completed the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.


jem is a PhD candidate in Religious Studies with research interests in interfaith pedagogies, race and gender in interfaith communities, and material religion in California. Her current projects include an ethnographic study of college and university chaplains and a pop-up museum exhibit depicting the religious history of California. jem also writes for several online publications and serves as a Writing Fellow for the Revolutionary Love Project.

Archana Kannan

Archana Kannan is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Teacher Education at the Graduate School of Education with research interests that include informal science and environmental education, role of technology in education, and educational assessment. Previously, Archana served as a research associate at SK partners where she worked closely with a San Francisco-based informal STEM organizations and volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences, teaching field trip and professional development programs, and developed sustainability science activities. Prior to studying at Stanford, Archana earned her M.S. in Biology from the University of Toledo, and B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from SIES College, University of Mumbai. Presently, Archana partners with the local nonprofit, NatureBridge to develop embedded research-and-evaluation tools for their programs, as well as works with afterschool and college educators in India to develop student- and community-centered programs, to advance educational equity and empower students to become environmental citizens.
Abisola Kusimo

Abisola Kusimo is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering with a PhD minor in Management Science and Engineering. Abisola’s research interests are in engineering design, manufacturing, operations, global teams and she is passionate about building high-precision machining capacity and creative confidence in Sub-Saharan Africa’s youth. Abisola is a recipient of the Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship, Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship. Additionally, Abisola co-leads campus-wide initiatives that creates community and professional development opportunities with womxn of color engineers, supports international graduate fieldwork, and organizes quarterly professional clothes swap. Prior to studying at Stanford, Abisola earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. As a GPS Fellow, Abisola is excited to develop and pilot dissemination strategies that help make research findings more accessible and actionable for non-academics. Outside of her academic work, Abisola enjoys blurring boundaries, performing poetry, and listening to Oprah’s interviews.

Kelley Langhans

Kelley Langhans is PhD student in Ecology where she studies conservation in human-impacted landscapes, from farms to cities, and how preserving ecosystems can benefit both people and biodiversity. Kelley’s research works with local communities and the Costa Rican government to understand how ecosystem restoration can be practically achieved. Moreover, Kelly also plans to study benefits of and access to urban nature in the Bay Area. Prior to studying at Stanford, Kelley served as a leader in sustainability advocacy and peer-to-peer education at her undergraduate institution, Swarthmore College. Her goal in her PhD is to perform research that has a concrete practical outcome, and considers people and issues of equity as an integral part of conservation.

Melanie León

Melanie León is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Modern Thought & Literature with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a Social Justice and Community Engagement Fellow with Stanford’s CCSRE, through which she coordinates and teaches an undergraduate Community-Based Research program. Melanie’s doctoral research is an ethnographic study of troubling global trends in the governance of mass migrations, particularly focused on local and transnational humanitarian projects in southern Mexico. Melanie prioritizes community engaged research methods and spaces in her research projects. For her doctoral work, she volunteered and lived in a migrant shelter for 9-months, participating in the shelter’s daily activities. She also volunteered for 6-months at a human rights center where she prepared asylum applications, facilitated a support group for LGBT refugees and migrants, and engaged in human rights monitoring activities. Melanie stays connected to refugee and immigrant communities by providing pro-bono expert affidavits for Central American asylum seekers in the United States.

Kimya Loder

Kimya Loder is a PhD student in Sociology with research interests in the relationship between grassroots collective action movements across the African Diaspora and trends in conceptions of national identity and nationalism. Before studying at Stanford, Kimya earned her B.A. from Spelman College with Honors, where her research examined the post-Arab Spring collective action of Black Tunisians and the impact of their anti-racism campaigns on the country’s nation building efforts.

Ayinwi Muma

Ayinwi Muma is a PhD student with the Center for Work, Technology and Organization in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford with research interests in technology-related change in organizations and the future of work. Ayinwi’s current research investigates how advanced technologies like 3D printing affect manufacturing, engineering and design processes. Prior to studying at Stanford, Ayinwi earned her Bachelors at Columbia University and MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology. Ayinwi has led strategy and operations for a 400+ member technology group and consulted to Fortune 500 companies undergoing large-scale technology transformations. As a GPS Fellow, Ayinwi hopes to produce grounded, field-based research that helps people use technology to build more ethical, sustainable organizations.

Caroline Muraida

Caroline Muraida is a PhD student in the School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Science. She is a joint Masters student in the School of Medicine studying epidemiology and clinical research. Her research is focused on health resilience in the face of climate change and extreme weather events. Caroline is committed to inquiry that supports equitable solutions through policy and action. Her work is informed by years of working in various community-run health clinics and as a research fellow for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. She looks forward to learning from and contributing to a strong network of scholars dedicated to public service. Originally from Albuquerque, Caroline graduated from the University of New Mexico with Bachelor degrees in Economics and Foreign Languages. She received her Master's degree in Environmental Science from Yale University. At UNM, Yale, and now at Stanford, Caroline continues to mentor Native and Latinx undergraduate scholars. She enjoys vegetarian cooking with New Mexico chile, trail running, and cataloging new plants.

Josheena Neggea

Josheena Neggea is a second year doctoral student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (EIPER), supporting marine governance in small island states who are facing current impacts of climate change. Josheena’s focal area is in the Western Indian Ocean, where she is exploring innovative ways of sustainably managing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Her research is situated at the nexus of political ecology and marine policy and focuses on adaptive management of MPAs, community inclusion, and the valorization of natural and cultural heritage in marine resource management. Prior to studying at Stanford, Josheena worked as a Program Manager for a marine conservation NGO in Mauritius, her home country, where she spearheaded several environmental awareness campaigns, including a marine Eco-Guide certification program for tourist operators, a national campaign to promote eco-conscious tourism and was actively involved in the first national closure of octopus fisheries. As a GPS fellow, Josheena hopes to use her research on MPAs to further understanding of the complexities of local environmental stewardship efforts and expand her knowledge on community-engaged research.

Kemi A. Oyewole

Kemi A. Oyewole is a doctoral student and Institute for Education Studies Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Education with research interests in educational policy, organizational studies, resource allocation, and networks. Kemi worked as a mathematics teacher in Boston Public Schools and completed the Boston Teacher Residency. Prior to studying at Stanford, Kemi earned her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Spelman College before earning her Masters of Education from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Kemi worked as a mathematics teacher in Boston Public Schools and completed the Boston Teacher Residency. Kemi has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Truman Scholarship, and Stanford Alumni Association Community Impact Award. Outside of her academic work, Kemi coordinates a mentoring program for the Stanford Women’s Community Center, leads a youth program for Black adolescent girls on the San Francisco Peninsula, and is an active member of many other civic organizations. As a GPS Fellow, Kemi is interested in more closely connecting her service commitments to her scholarship.

Brandon Reynante

Brandon Reynante is a doctoral student in the Development and Psychological Sciences (DAPS) and Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD) programs with research interests in socio-technical systems, learning experiences, and design methods that unleash the creativity of diverse communities to design more equitable and sustainable futures. Brandon is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of CA, having earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego and S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Prior to Stanford, Brandon spent four years managing and performing analysis-driven design of mechanical systems at an engineering consulting firm. In addition, also Brandon spent five years teaching in a humanitarian engineering program at UC San Diego that partnered student teams with local and international nonprofits to co-create solutions for social and environmental challenges.

Stephanie Robillard

Stephanie Robillard is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education, studying Race Inequality and Language in Education (RILE) with a focus on English Teacher Education. Stephanie’s years spent teaching in education has shaped her research interests, which center on the ways in which teachers are prepared to work with diverse populations, particularly when the teacher’s life experiences do not match those of the students. Her interests in community based research revolve around just practices around researching the educational experiences of youth of color. Prior to studying at Stanford, Stephanie served as a middle school librarian and also as a lecturer in the School of Education at UC Berkeley, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education.

Emily Schell

Emily Schell is a doctoral student in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program at Stanford's Graduate School of Education (GSE) with research interests that seek to understand how students from different cultural backgrounds decide on major(s) or career(s) to help high schools and universities create more supportive advising frameworks for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Prior to studying at Stanford, earned her double BA with honors in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Brown University and founded the anti-sexual violence group, Stand Up! Additionally, Emily was a Fulbright English Teacher in rural Taiwan and went on to earn her MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford. Emily has served as the GSE Co-Service Chair, Haas Center Community Engaged Learning Fellow, as well as served as the Teaching Assistant for “Psychological and Educational Resilience in Children and Youth.” As a GPS Fellow, Emily is excited to form new relationships with community partners and deepen existing partnerships with organization, such as DreamCatchers and East Palo Alto Academy, while learning more about community engaged scholarship.

Allie Sherris

Allie Sherris is a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Her dissertation investigates links between pollution and health, including the relationship between drinking water quality during pregnancy and risk of adverse birth outcomes. Through research and service, Allie also aims to improve understanding of drinking water quality in the San Joaquin Valley of California, particularly among domestic well users. She is passionate about environmental justice and pollution in marginalized communities both at home and abroad. Her global health experience includes research on air pollution and child pneumonia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the geochemistry of acid mine drainage in Peru. As a GPS Fellow, Allie is thrilled to explore the methods and ethics of community-based scholarship and ultimately hopes to integrate data science, community engagement, and advocacy to improve environmental quality and public health.

Preeti Srinivasan

Preeti Srinivasan is a PhD student in Organizational Behavior with research interests in prosocial behavior and altruism, particularly how these behaviors intersect with diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. Specifically, she’s interested in how to help people recognize their own forms of privilege, and be better allies to people who have social identities that are different from their own (ex: gender, race, sexual orientation). Through her research, Preeti hopes to develop a research agenda that supports minority candidates in organizations overcome common obstacles to feeling heard, validated, and understood. Prior to studying at Stanford, Preeti earned her Bachelors degree from Harvard, majoring in a blend of neuroscience and psychology, then headed to Yale for her Masters in Economics. Outside of her academic work, you can usually find on a stage – She loves theater and dancing, and welcomes others to come say hello if you like dancing, traveling, drinking tea, or reading historical fiction novels.

Victoria Melgarejo Vieyra

Victoria Melgarejo Vieyra is a PhD student in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) and Social Science, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education (SHIPS) at the Graduate School of Education. Her research interests center around linguistic ideologies, bilingual education, and students classified as English learners and long-term English learners. Prior to studying Stanford, Victoria was a McNair Scholar at UC Santa Barbara where she earned her B.A. in Language, Culture, and Society and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. At UCSB she conducted research on linguistic ideologies and attitudes, linguistic representation of Latinxs in Media, and translanguaging in the classroom. Outside of her academic work, Victoria also served as a student mentor and co-coordinator at School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) where she mentored 5th grade students as they conducted sociolinguistic research in their Santa Barbara community.

Hesu Yoon

Hesu Yoon is a PhD student in Sociology with research interests in urban inequality. At Stanford, Hesu’s research draws on theoretical and empirical insights from urban sociology, cultural sociology, and racial stratification to examine how young elites in the Bay Area make residential choices and explain their neighborhood preferences for “diversity.” Prior to studying at Stanford, Hesu earned her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Yonsei University, South Korea. Hesu went on to earn her Master’s in Sociology from Seoul National University where she explored the role of local business owners in commercial gentrification in Seoul in her master’s thesis through funding from the Seoul Institute.

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