The Stanford in Government Fellowship application is based on SOLO and consists of basic personal and demographic information, a resume and transcript, two general essay questions, and fellowship-specific specific essays for each of the fellowships one applies to. Students can apply for up to 5 fellowships.

Applying for the first time? Check out our sample personal statements, resumes, and more resources HERE!


All applicants must submit the following:

  1. Personal Information: Complete a personal information form.
  2. Documents: Upload a resume and an unofficial transcript.
  3. General essay questions:
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing a SIG Summer Fellowship (150 words max)?
    2. How could a SIG Fellowship enhance your academic and/or career plans (150 words max)?
  4. Fellowship specific essays: In 200 words, describe why you are interested in each of your ranked fellowships. Students can apply to up to 5 fellowships.


Students from ALL years, majors, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Our ideal candidate is simply one that is passionate about the issue they are hoping to explore this summer.

SIG generally only accepts applications from students who will be enrolled as undergraduates for the following academic year, so graduating seniors cannot apply. The one exception to this rule is that seniors who will be working toward a co-term degree for all of the 2023-24 year are allowed to apply. Co-terminal students who are paying graduate tuition are not eligible.

More information on eligibility can be found on our FAQs page.

Please note that when you submit your application to apply for a SIG Fellowship you agree to waive your rights to inspect the contents of any letters or statements of recommendation submitted in support of your application.


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 their application is forwarded to the host office for final approval.

For fellowships, applications will be reviewed and email notices of whether or not you are a finalist in the week following the submission deadline of February 7, 2023. Interviews will be held from mid-February through early March, with final offers and decisions by mid-March at the latest.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows undergo pre-internship trainings on effective and ethical service through the Cardinal Quarter team at the Haas Center. Fellows who will be off-campus in the spring will be required to complete assignments to make up for the on-campus pre-field preparatory sessions they will miss.

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. Fellows are expected to start no later than July 5, 2023. 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 office. Fellows are expected to secure their own housing, although the stipend is used to fund it. The Haas Center also has resources for finding housing here.

Note: International fellows are responsible for attaining their own appropriate visas with the help of the Haas Center, through consultation with their fellowship placement as necessary.

Please direct any questions to Brandon Ma (, SIG Vice Chair of Fellowships and Stipends.

Application Timeline

  • December 16: Application Released
  • February 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.: Application Deadline
  • Week of February 13th: Finalists notified
  • Mid-February: Interviews
  • Mid-March: Decisions Announced


Please contact Brandon Ma, SIG’s Vice Chair of Fellowships and Stipends, using the form below or at

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