Andrea Naomi Leiderman Fellowship (2022)
The Andrea Naomi Leiderman Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, supports undergraduate students conducting research related to low-income youth in California. The fellowship provides a base stipend of $5,500 for nine consecutive weeks of full-time service/research. Additional financial aid is available to students who qualify, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Leiderman Fellows contribute to ongoing research projects led by Stanford faculty as part of the research-practice partnership between the Graduate School of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District. The GSE-SFUSD Partnership unites research and practice to shape educational practices and policies that maximize educational experiences for all students. The Partnership matches researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education with SFUSD district leaders to solve key problems of practice. Together, they create research projects that directly inform the school district’s work to transform teaching and learning for San Francisco students.
There are over 30 ongoing research projects, including:
- Analyzing data on homeless students in San Francisco
- Revising tools used to assess English learner instruction
- Researching information on key policies related to college and career readiness
We will work with each Fellow to match their interests in research, education, and skill-building with the right research project. You’ll be working with some of the best research teams and school district leaders from across the nation on pressing topics in education.
Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors will have lower priority. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Note: Students are only eligible for one Stanford-funded full-time experiential learning opportunity during the 2021-22 academic year (inclusive of summer).
Selected Andrea Naomi Leiderman are expected to begin service no later than July 11, 2022. All fellows are required to work with their community partners 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 complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
Quarter Before Fellowship
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service 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.
Quarter After Fellowship
- 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 activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.
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 the organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Applicants whose application demonstrates a structural understanding of social and racial inequalities as they are reproduced through schooling, will be privileged.
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships early Spring quarter. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.