Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship
The Haas Center for Public Service and the Women's Community Center partnered to launch the Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship as part of the Cardinal Quarter initiative. Funding has been generously provided by Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
About the Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship
Through the Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship, students can apply what they have learned about gender, diversity, and social justice through their academic and/or extracurricular activities to work with a nonprofit organization or government agency on social, political, or economic issues affecting gender marginalized communities. Fellows can expand on an experience started through a course or extracurricular activity by continuing with an existing partner organization, or they can identify another relevant community organization.
Advancing Gender Equity Fellows spend a summer 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 program.
Applicants propose their own placements in collaboration with their potential host organization. The application should effectively demonstrate that the intended partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan.
Upon selection, a suitable academic mentor is paired with the fellows in order to help them highlight options that assist with preparation for and follow up on the summer learning experience.
Each Advancing Gender Equity Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to support travel and living expenses during the summer. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
Advancing Gender Equity Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:
- Attend a program orientation in April.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and meet with the Women’s Community Center Directors to review.
- Students participating in an international service project must complete international service preparation requirements.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
- Submit a brief mid-summer report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activity in conjunction with the Women’s Community Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors 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 are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their co-term programs are not eligible to apply.
For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the Women’s Community Center (WCC) or 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 Fellowships Program staff well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials. Developing a suitable summer 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
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.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (spring); March 15, 2021 (summer)
For additional information and application materials visit:
The Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship is a Cardinal Quarter opportunity.