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Cardinal Quarter
Fellowship / internship, 
Grant / stipend

Reflective Practice and Social Change Fellowship

Quarter-long full-time
Arts & Media, 
Education & Youth Development, 
Environmental Sustainability, 
Human Rights, 
Law, Policy & Justice, 
Socio-Economic Prosperity, 
Technology & Engineering

The Reflective Practice and Social Change Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, enables students to contemplate the connections between our inner lives and the actions we take out in the world. Students will explore personal values, beliefs, purpose and meaning in one’s life to better understand motivations to commit to service and social change while working with an organization based in the Bay Area.

Through reflective practice, readings and discussions students will learn about models from both faith and humanistic traditions that encourage service work and social change as practice of their value systems. Fellows will be supported to find common ground with others across personal values and beliefs; to embrace commonality and difference through careful, thoughtful and respectful dialogue. Individually and in community with each other we will work to articulate and incorporate the Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, reflective practice, and social change within our own work.

Fellows spend a summer working full-time with a supervisor/mentor in a Bay Area community organization of their choice, and are required to attend weekly seminars sessions in person on campus during the fellowship to discuss readings and work experiences.

Applicants propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organizations have the need, interest and capacity to work with a fellow and to support the proposed project/work plans. 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 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.

Visit this page for information on previous fellows' community partners and projects.

Established nearly two decades ago for students considering careers in the ministry, the fellowship was reorganized in 2003 to attract students from diverse religious and spiritual traditions.The fellowship is made possible by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.


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:

Spring Quarter

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

Summer Quarter

  • Attend a weekly in-person seminar on-campus with your fellowship cohort.
  • 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.




February 7, 2023 | 11:59 PM

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Haas Center for Public Service
Office of Religious Life
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