Urban Studies Fellowship


The Urban Studies Summer Fellowship provides undergraduates with the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a full-time, paid internship experience during the summer at an organization of their choice. Preference will be given to Urban Studies majors, but all Stanford undergraduates are eligible to apply. To see the main fellowship page, click here.

The fellowship placement should be with government agencies or non-profit organizations committed to public service, public policy, community development or research on urban issues. Students are expected to work on-site for a minimum of 40 hours per week for 8 weeks during the summer.

Students may apply to the Urban Studies Fellowship and the Haas Center Fellowships, including the Urban Summer Fellowship. However, a student may only accept one fellowship.

For more information about the distinction between the Urban Studies and Haas Urban Fellowships, see the flyer.


Fellowship Expectations

1) Identify a Partner Organization

Before applying for the Urban Studies Fellowship, students should secure the support of an on-site supervisor at a potential organization to host the fellowship experience. A letter of support from the organization is strongly encouraged for the application.

2) Prepare for the Fellowship

Students who are awarded the fellowship should demonstrate adequate preparation, and when necessary, should enroll in an appropriate preparation course in the quarter prior to beginning work in the summer. During the spring quarter, students will work with the Program Manager for Service Learning to finalize arrangements with their placement site to ensure that the internship meets their academic and personal goals. They should work with their on-site supervisor to complete the Placement Objectives Agreement. They will also participate in an orientation prior to beginning the summer fellowship.

3) Participate in Ongoing Reflection

Throughout the summer, students will participate in a midterm and final evaluation with the on-site supervisor and Program Manager for Service Learning. Urban Studies Fellows contribute write weekly reflections to identify challenges and accomplishments during the course of the fellowship experience. They are expected to participate in online and/or face-to-face sessions with the Program Manager for Service Learning and other interns during the summer.

4) Contribute to the Urban Studies Community

Upon completion of the fellowship and returning to campus in the Fall, students will submit a final report about their fellowship experiences and will organize and present in a forum to share their experiences with other fellows, faculty, community members, and interested students. Fellows are also encouraged to participate in the Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Public Service (SURPS).


Pre-Field Preparation

Fellowship recipients should demonstrate adequate preparation, for the fellowship through academic coursework. During the spring quarter students will also work with Urban Studies staff to finalize arrangements with their placement site to ensure that the internship meets their academic and personal goals. They should arrange to meet with the Program Manager for Service Learning prior to beginning the summer fellowship to discuss the fellowship requirements.


Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to undergraduate students:

  • In the Urban Studies major;
  • In their junior year working on an honors thesis or senior project addressing urban issues;
  • In the Urban Studies minor;
  • With demonstrated pre-field preparation;
  • Whose proposed summer fellowship articulates a strong interest in urban issues and provides value for the on-site community partner.


Fellows receive $6000 upon completion of the fellowship. This stipend is meant to support a student’s full time commitment to their 8-week summer internship. Students cannot not hold part-time jobs or other paid positions during this time.

Funds may be used for expenses associated with the internship including housing, travel, supplies and equipment purchases, and may also include a stipend. Students are expected to submit a budget of estimated costs during the spring quarter. Upon confirmation of a student’s partnering organization, an additional $750 honorarium will be provided to the organization for their supervising and mentoring services.

Following University policy, the Urban Studies Summer Fellowship cannot fund travel to countries on the State department’s travel warning list. Click here for more information.


Deland Chan

Lecturer in Urban Studies, Program Manager for Service Learning

Office: Bldg 120, Room 160

(650) 724-6252



Ready to Apply for the Urban Studies Fellowship? Click here!

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