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The Stanford in Government Fellowship application consists of the following components:

  1. Personal Information: Complete a personal information page.
  2. Documents: Upload a resume and an unofficial transcript.
  3. Recommendation: Have someone who is familiar with your academic work submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  4. Personal statement: Please write no more than 750 words, and write a separate one for each fellowship application. We recommend composing the Personal Statement on a separate word processing document before pasting it here. The Personal Statement should address the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in this particular fellowship?
    • What qualifications and experiences do you have that would contribute to this position?
    • How could this position enhance your academic and/or career plans?
  5. Relevant coursework: In no more than 125 words, please describe the coursework you have completed or are currently taking relevant to this particular fellowship.
  6. Budgets: Stanford in Government fellows, while responsible for finding their own housing, will receive a stipend of at least $4000 to cover the living expenses during their fellowship experience, including housing, transportation, and food, among other costs. However, applicants should formulate their budget to reflect how much assistance they will actually need, even if it exceeds the base amount of $4000. If selected, I may budget my stipend among my potential expenditures in the following way (based on my own research about such expenses in the area of the particular fellowship):
    • Travel budget
    • Local transportation budget
    • Room and board budget
    • Other budget


In order to be eligible for SIG fellowships, an applicant must be an enrolled Stanford student for the 2013-2014 academic year and cannot have conferred his/her undergraduate degree before the completion of the fellowship. In other words, graduating seniors are ineligible for SIG fellowships. Seniors who will be returning to coterm for all of next year are eligible to apply.

Applicants may apply for a maximum of three fellowships, with a maximum of two applications in each program (State/Local, DC/National, or International). Applicants must rank their selected fellowships in their order of preference, as well as write separate personal statements for each position sought.

Furthermore, applicants may only apply to a total of 3 fellowship placements within the entire Haas Center Fellowships Programs, which includes both SIG and Haas fellowships.


Selection committees composed of Stanford faculty, past SIG Fellows, and SIG representatives evaluate applications to determine up to five finalists to be interviewed for each position. From these finalists, a prospective fellow is selected, and his/her application is forwarded to the host office for final approval.

Stanford in Government has approached professors about this program with relevant experience and knowledge for each fellowship. This information will be posted on the website as soon as possible. Please check the website for this information.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows who are going abroad during Spring quarter will be expected to watch a video of the pre-Fellowship Orientation and pass a quiz to indicate that they acknowledge and understand the material presented in the video.

Fellowship assignments usually include some form of data research and analysis, drafting position papers, and extensive interaction with high-level staff. Therefore, analytical skills, writing ability, and personal qualities are the critical factors evaluated by the selection committees. SIG provides stipends that assist Fellows with travel and summer living expenses. In addition, limited financial aid is available to those Fellows who demonstrate need. The Fellow commits to working full-time (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least nine weeks (some fellowships are eight weeks to accomodate visa issues). Receipt of the stipend is contingent upon the fulfillment of such an arrangement. The exact timing of the fellowship period will be negotiated between the Fellow and the host offices. Fellows are expected to secure their own housing, although the stipend is used to fund it.

Note: International Fellows are responsible for attaining their own appropriate visas, through consultation with their fellowship placement as necessary. All recipients of SIG fellowships serving abroad are required to attend Stanford’s International Preparation workshop on Saturday, April 20.

To the Recommender: Fellows are generally given greater responsibilities than those within the scope of a normal internship. Assignments usually include some form of data research and analysis, drafting of position papers, and extensive interaction with high-level staff. Therefore, analytical skills, writing ability, communication skills, and personal qualities are the critical factors evaluated by the selection committees. With these criteria in mind, we would greatly appreciate your candid comments regarding this student’s abilities.

Please direct any questions to Lauryn Williams (, SIG Vice-Chair of Fellowships, or Meredith Wheeler (, SIG Chair.

Application Timeline

  • December 17: Application Released
  • February 6, 11:59 PM: Application Deadline
  • February 10, 11:59PM: Letters of Recommendation Submission Deadline
  • Mid-February: Interviews
  • Mid-March: Decisions Announced