Public Service Projects Fellowship (Including Donald Kennedy, Ahonen-Jover, Alex Tung Memorial)
Through the Public Service Projects Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with a community partner to design and implement service projects resulting in tangible deliverables used to sustain service to a community. Fellows work to alleviate some of society’s most pressing concerns across the globe. Projects vary in size and scope, work with diverse constituencies, and address a wide range of issues. Fellows may work in any field of interest. Students are encouraged to think about how their academic background and prior experiences might be useful to organizations and communities trying to develop better ways of addressing challenges they face.
The Ahonen-Jover Cardinal Quarter Fellowship for Innovations in Human Rights supports one student annually to design and propose an innovative project for advancing human rights in the United States or abroad in collaboration with a host organization and faculty mentor. Successful applicants will have a vision and entrepreneurial spirit and wish to create new strategies to advance human rights worldwide. Priority will be given to projects aimed at achieving equal rights for LGBTQ people and related sexual minorities, however, innovation in human rights is the first priority. For additional LGBTQ oppportunities see the Stanford Pride Fellowship.
Through the Alexander Tung Memorial Fellowship, students can explore the use of science and technology for the benefit of society at large. In particular, the awardees will use science and technology for social entrepreneurship, for youth education, and/or as a solution to a social problem through field service work with a partner placement organization, or a community-based research project. In the research modality, the fellow will work with a faculty advisor on a project that involves application or development of technology as a vehicle for social entrepreneurship.
Each Public Service Projects Fellow spends a quarter working full-time with a supervisor/mentor in a community organization of their choice. For opportunities during the fall, winter, or spring quarters, please see the Jane Stanford Fellowship.
Applicants propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organization has the need, interest and capacity to work with a fellow and to support the proposed project/work plan. The Haas Center has many Resources for Fellowship Applicants, including our list of Cardinal Quarter Connections (summer 2023 list to come) of host organizations seeking to work with Stanford undergraduate students, and our Meet the Undergraduate Fellows page with information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
Please review the program policies in their entirety before applying.
Each summer project fellow receives a base stipend of $6,500 to support travel and living expenses during the experience Financial aid and supplemental funding are available to students who qualify. Additional funding up to $1,000 for project expenses is available to each fellow.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.
The Haas Center for Public Service inaugurated the Donald Kennedy Summer Fellowship Program in 1984 to honor former Stanford President Donald Kennedy’s commitment to public service.
The Ahonen-Jover Cardinal Quarter Fellowship for Innovations in Human Rights begins in 2019. The donors believe we can visualize a world without prejudice, in which the dignity of each human being is respected.
The Alexander Tung Memorial Fellowship was created in 2012 to honor the life and work of Alex Tung (BS '00, MS '02, and PhD '10 in Electrical Engineering).
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in their entirety.
Students must be enrolled in undergraduate study for both winter and spring quarters, 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 some fully virtual experiences may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. 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:
- 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.
- Complete international service preparation requirements if traveling internationally.
- 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.
- 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.