Public Service Projects (Including Donald Kennedy, Ahonen-Jover, Alex Tung Memorial) 2020-2021
If you are interested in this opportunity for the spring quarter, please apply here:
for the summer quarter, please apply here:
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.
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 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 $5,500 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 its entirety.
- Students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their opportunity begins.
- Students can only participate by taking a Flex Term during their fellowship experience.
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 2020-21 academic year (inclusive of summer).
The Public Service Projects Fellowships are designed for students willing to devote a quarter to a project that is student designed, student implemented, has an immediate impact within nine weeks, provides the community partner with a tangible deliverable, and is sustainable beyond the Cardinal Quarter. Selected Public Service Projects Fellows are expected to begin service within the first two weeks of the spring quarter for a spring quarter fellowship, and by July 6, 2021 for a summer fellowship. All fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows may be required to work remotely depending on forthcoming University policies. 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:
Quarter before fellowship
- Complete an online program orientation.
- Complete Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with site supervisor and academic mentor.
- Students participating in an international service project must complete international service preparation requirements (international opportunities are available in summer 2021 only).
- 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 fellowship experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered at the Haas Center to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.
Students are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with program staff well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials. Developing a suitable fellowship placement takes time, so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors, and community partners regularly.
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 an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Additional considerations for applicants proposing international projects include the following (international opportunities are available only in summer 2021):
- the applicant’s ability to speak the native language
- prior experience in the country or local community
- adequate in-country community connections (international projects require a local community partner, U.S. representatives or affiliates are not acceptable substitutes)
- safety: the safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. The Haas Center must adhere to the Provost's International Travel Policy, which states " Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips are prohibited to countries or regions and locations within a country where the U.S. Department of State has issued an official Travel Advisory of Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) or Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) for either the country destination, or for the particular region or location of intended travel within the country destination, or where there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. No university funds or resources may be used, or university sponsorship provided, in support of travel to these locations.
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships within six weeks of the application deadline. 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.