In partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Haas Center offers the Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship. The program awards fellowships to Stanford graduate students who want to explore and prepare for professorial or other careers in which they will engage in public scholarship and service. Eighteen fellows receive $1,000 stipends per quarter for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Haas Center for Public Service provides students with opportunities to consider how their community and scholarly interests relate and guides them in exploring the intersection of professional and civic goals. For graduate students preparing for faculty positions, community engagement can enrich and enhance their teaching, research, and professional service. Individuals pursuing nonacademic jobs can include public interest projects in their professional repertoire.
The GPS Fellowship creates a supportive network among graduate students who share an interest in community and/or civic engagement and it provides resources to make this engagement a successful part of their future careers. In at least 15 seminars throughout the academic year, a multidisciplinary cohort of graduate students meets with disciplinary role models and community-engaged scholarship leaders to develop their knowledge of the following:
- community-engaged scholarship practices (e.g., service-learning pedagogy or community-based research methodology)
- resources for public engagement work in individual disciplines and higher education in general
- strategies for disseminating public scholarship and representing it in academic promotion and tenure processes
- skills for engaging, leading, and mentoring undergraduate students in public service
Related meeting topics include partnership development and sustainability; reflection and assessment; diversity, power and privilege in community-engaged scholarship; and the role of the academy in social transformation. Successful faculty and practitioners share their perspectives and advice on these issues.
In addition to attending all group seminars, GPS fellows develop individual work plans that outline contributions to at least one Haas Center undergraduate initiative or one public service-related project within the fellows' disciplines. Examples include mentoring and training Haas Center fellowship recipients; assisting with designing and implementing Haas Center program assessment; developing relevant community partnerships; facilitating public service leadership workshops for student organizations; or teaching a session in relevant courses such as those connected to the Public Service Scholars or Education Partnerships programs. Project work plans are developed and approved in collaboration with GPS program coordinators.
Two GPS fellows per quarter may serve as teaching assistants in designated service-learning courses for which they may receive up to $9,690 (including tuition and salary) in lieu of the standard $1,000 stipend. Actual teaching assistant payments are dependent on student status and vary by school. Teaching assistantships are 25% time. Placements are requested, not guaranteed. Applicants indicate interest in this option on the fellowship application.
Stanford graduate students from all departments and programs who are considering careers in higher education or in fields amenable to community engagement are eligible to apply. Through academic accomplishments, commitment to community service, and teaching/mentoring experience, candidates must demonstrate potential to become successful public scholars.
- enrollment in the most advanced degree program in one's field (e.g., PhD)
- plans for a career as a faculty member in a college or university
- a course of study related to one Haas Center focus area: health, environment, or education
- engagement with one or more communities that are underrepresented in the academy, as well as demonstrated commitment to use diversity as a resource for enriching education
- experience mentoring/advising undergraduates or facilitating workshops for them
The deadline for 2014-15 fellowship applications has passed.
A complete application includes the following:
- application form
- curriculum vitae or résumé
- unofficial transcript
- letter from primary graduate advisor
For additional information, please contact Clayton Hurd.