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The Markaz
Cardinal Quarter
Fellowship / internship, 
Grant / stipend

The Ansaf Kareem and Anna Khan Fellowship for the Markaz Resource Center

Quarter-long full-time

Cardinal Quarter is a full-time, paid public service experience designed to integrate your academic learning with field-based experience. The Ansaf Kareem and Anna Khan Fellowship for the Markaz Resource Center is a Cardinal Quarter opportunity that centers Muslim communities and issues. Through this fellowship, students engage with Muslim organizations and apply their academic experience and leadership skills to address issues of social change. 

Fellows spend a summer working full-time with a supervisor in a community organization of their choice. Applicants propose their own organizational placements, corresponding with the host to identify a work plan that the organization has the interest and capacity to oversee.

For inspiration, the Markaz has created a list of relevant organizations doing work in a variety of fields, including public policy, civil rights, philanthropy, education, interfaith work, health and tech. For questions about or connections to any of these organizations, please contact the Markaz directly.  

You can also visit this page for information on previous Cardinal Quarter fellows' community partners and projects.

Each Fellow receives a base stipend of $6,500 to support living expenses during the fellowship. Financial aid and supplemental funding may be available to students who qualify.

Before applying please review the program policies in their entirety.

The Haas Center for Public Service and Markaz Resource Center partnered to launch this Fellowship as part of the Cardinal Quarter initiative. Funding has been generously provided by Haas center donors, Ansaf Kareem ‘10 and Anna Khan ‘10.


For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in their entirety.

Students must be enrolled in undergraduate study for the spring quarter and must be in good academic standing. Students may not participate in the program or receive or retain fellowship funds if they are on suspension.

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 may have lower priority. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.

Students are welcome to propose placements with a variety of public interest organizations, keeping in mind funding will be restricted for certain types of political, research, Stanford-based, for-profit, and faith-based organizations. Please review the “Host Organization Eligibility” section of our program policies for more information.


Selected fellows are expected to begin service following the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 5, 2023. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Fellows are expected to work on-site at their host organizations (University policies and health conditions permitting), but virtual experiences may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Fully virtual fellowships can be challenging, and fellows are highly encouraged to pursue on-site or hybrid work arrangements.

Fellows must 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:

Spring Quarter

  • Complete an online program orientation.
  • Complete the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.
  • Meet with your academic mentor at least once. 
  • Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with the site supervisor and academic mentor.

Summer Quarter

  • 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.

Fall Quarter

  • Meet with your academic mentor at least once. 
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating fellowship experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.




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April 11, 2023 | 11:59 PM

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