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The Haas Center for Public Service inaugurated the Haas Summer Fellowship Program in 1984 to encourage students to explore public service. The program provides students with the support to develop and implement innovative service projects in collaboration with communities to address their needs. The program honors former Stanford President Donald Kennedy’s commitment to public service and is currently funded by endowments from an anonymous donor, William and Reva Tooley, and the H. Michael Stevens family.

The Alexander Tung Memorial Fellowship was created in 2012 to honor the life and work of Alex (BS '00, MS '02, and PhD '10 in Electrical Engineering). The Alexander Tung Fellowship provides a fellows with the opportunity to explore the use of Science and Technology for the benefit of society at large. One project based fellowship will receive this award.

James, '81 and Priscilla Halper established the Halper Summer Fellows Fund to support international fellowship placements. These opportunities will allow students to explore service in an international setting that connects with academic learning and explores career interests.

The Haas Summer Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for continuing undergraduates and graduating seniors/co-term students to design and implement summer service projects with an immediate impact resulting in a tangible deliverable used to sustain service to a community. Please see specific program requirements, eligibility and application for Round I and Round II Fellowships. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad. Fellows work to alleviate some of society’s most pressing concerns across the United States and in other countries. 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. Fellowship funding cannot be used for programs that require a participation fee.

Applicants must propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organization is a well- run organization, where they will receive adequate guidance and supervision.

Each Haas Summer Fellow receives a base stipend of $4,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.


The Haas Summer Projects Fellowship is designed for students willing to devote their summer to a project. Fellows are required to work on their project for at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Other commitments include the following:

Spring Quarter

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once.
  • Enroll and participate in EDUC 170X, designed to help fellows prepare for the summer experience (Round I recipients only).
  • Design a personal learning plan for the summer.


  • Update staff with changes to contact information.
  • Share learning plan with community partner and update accordingly.
  • 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.

Autumn Quarter (Round I recipients only)

  • Meet with academic mentor at least once.
  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer projects.
  • Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.

Eligibility and Selection Process


Up to 20 Haas Summer Fellowships will be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students from any academic discipline. Applicants vary in academic interests, community service involvement, and experience.

Round I Round II
up to 15 fellowships awarded up to five fellowships awarded
freshmen, sophomores, juniors seniors, co-terms
applications due February 3, 2015 applications due April 9, 2015

Selection Process

For those who seek assistance, advising is offered in January to help students develop their applications.

We strongly encourage students to discuss ideas for projects with fellowships program staff at the Haas Center well before the application deadline. Developing a suitable project takes time, so 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 the following:

  • need for the project and potential impact on the community (short and long term)
  • feasibility and viability of the project
  • quality of direct interaction and collaboration with the community partner and community being served
  • innovation in the project design
  • relationship of the project to the applicant’s background and future plans
  • ability, initiative, motivation and demonstrated commitment of the applicant
  • flexibility and willingness to adjust project plans in accordance with community needs

Additional considerations for applicants proposing international projects include the following:

  • 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 fellowship program must adhere to the Provost’s International Travel Policy which states "Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips involving undergraduates to countries where a State Department Travel Warning has been issued is prohibited. No university funds can be used to support travel to these locations." The U.S. Department of State posts travel advisories.

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.


Submission deadline for application materials, including unofficial transcript and recommendation, is February 3, at 11:59 pm (PST). All documents are time stamped upon receipt. Application materials received after the posted deadline are not accepted.

A complete fellowship application includes the following three components:

1) Application Form

  • list of related academic coursework
  • three relevant work or volunteer/public service experiences
  • three bullet points of honors/awards
Personal Statement

The personal statement questions are your opportunity to express why you are interested in this fellowship experience. The selection committee is interested in both your personal and academic reasons for applying to this program. Please ensure that you are thorough and specific in your responses to the questions. Respond to each question separately; each response should be approximately one paragraph (4 to 5 complete sentences) in length.

  • What are your personal motivations for applying for this fellowship?
  • How have you prepared for this particular fellowship?
  • How does this particular fellowship contribute to your academic success at Stanford?
  • What do you feel is your biggest challenge(s) in accomplishing your fellowship goals?
  • How do you measure the success of your personal contribution?
Community Partner Questionnaire

Supervisor from host organization must provide a written response to each of the following questions. When asking for written responses, be sure to indicate that all answers should be approximately one paragraph in length (4 to 5 sentences per paragraph). Cut and paste supervisor's answers in the appropriate section of your application. Supervisor's name and email address should also be included.

  • Please provide general information about your organization, including its mission, when the organization was founded, and current number of staff.
  • Please outline the job/project description. What tasks and responsibilities do you foresee offering this student during his/her fellowship? What goals will your organization hope to accomplish with the assistance of this fellow?
  • Please indicate the requisite skills necessary for serving in this fellowship.
  • How has your organization identified systemic problems and developed a strategy to offer solutions versus providing services that perpetuate a state of need?
Detailed Budget

Provide personal expenses, including transportation costs, room and board, and project expenses.

Executive Summary

A one-paragraph statement of the proposed focus of the fellowship experience (consider a written elevator pitch from which any stranger could understand your project goals and plans).

Project Description and Action Plan

One or two paragraphs answering each of the following:

  • Clarify the community need and/or issue that your project addresses.
  • Explain how your project addresses these needs and/or issue by outlining the overall goal and specific objectives for your work. Include an approximate timeline of activities.
  • Explain the rationale for your choice of community partner and its involvement in the subject matter of your proposal.

2) Transcript

Please submit an unofficial transcript via Stanford Axess.

  • Go to the Student Center tab from the Axess home page.
  • Click on "My Academics."
  • Click on “View my unofficial transcripts.”
  • In the drop down menu marked as “Career” select “undergraduate.”
  • Click the green button “View Report.”
  • Save pdf file with your name and upload to your application.

3) Recommendation

Provide Stanford faculty/staff recommender with detailed information about the fellowship(s) for which you are applying.

Contact Information

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