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Cardinal Quarter

Human Rights Summer Fellowship

Human Rights

The Center for Human Rights and International Justice is pleased to offer Human Rights Summer Fellowships for students to work in partnership with a relevant organization or through community-based research, with the guidance and supervision of Stanford faculty. Stipends of up to $6,000 are available to undergraduates who commit to working full-time (35 hours/week) for a minimum of nine weeks either in the United States or abroad during the summer quarter. Placements ensure students have meaningful, applied research and work opportunities to inform their studies and future career pathways. This program is in collaboration with campus partners such as the Stanford Global Studies Division and the Haas Center for Public Service, and is one of more than 550 Cardinal Quarter opportunities through which Stanford undergraduate students pursue a full-time summer or quarter-long public service experience with Stanford support.

Note on COVID-19 implications: Given uncertainties around travel, we ask applicants to open discussions with potential partner organizations around what both in-person and remote placements could look like.


  • Submit an online application form, including a full proposal for the applicant’s research goals or learning objectives through a work placement, information about the partner organization (if applicable) or a preliminary plan for research (proposed interview subjects, sources for data gathering, etc.)
  • Name and contact information for an academic or professional reference from any relevant discipline or sector who can attest to your qualifications to undertake the summer work you propose with the support of the fellowship
  • A letter of support from the primary organizational partner for the student’s research or work placement
  • A list of relevant Stanford undergraduate courses the applicant has taken that focused on human rights and/or international justice, including instructor, quarter of enrollment, and official course description (must have taken at least two courses)
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A tentative budget






February 8, 2022 | 11:59 PM
* This Application Deadline has passed

Open To

Graduate Students


Offered By

Center for Human Rights and International Justice

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