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Fellowships and Teaching


The 2013 Draper Hills Summer Fellows exchange ideas during an academic session.
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Rod Searcey

The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) provides a number of internship and fellowship opportunities for students and professionals interested in research and/or practitioner programs that focus on democracy, development and the rule of law. Below are the current opportunities available at CDDRL.


Field Research Internship on Governance and Health Policy in Guatemala

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies provides undergraduate field research internships through the Dachs Fund for Undergraduate Research. Interns travel to Guatemala to examine issues of maternal and children's health and the impact of local governance on health outcomes. The internship is supported by FSI and led by CDDRL faculty members Beatriz Magaloni, Alberto Díaz-Cayeros and Paul Wise.


Human Rights Fellowship

The Program on Human Rights together with the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society offer up to three summer fellowships in human rights to talented Stanford undergraduates interested in working for organizations, government agencies, NGOs or international organizations that promote or defend human rights. 


Taiwan Democracy Project Internship

The Taiwan Democracy Project mentors one undergraduate student through an internship with a partner organization in Taipei, Taiwan. Operated through FSI's Global Policy Internship program, the intern spends 9-10 weeks over the summer working at the partner organization on funding from FSI


Undergraduate Senior Honors Program

The CDDRL Undergraduate Senior Honors Program welcomes students from diverse majors across the university to write original theses on topics related to democracy, development, good governance, and the rule of law.

Graduate Students/Post Docs 

Pre and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The CDDRL Pre and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program welcomes exceptional Ph.D. students and new Ph.D. scholars to spend the year in residency at Stanford to conduct their own research, participate in seminars and contribute to the intellectual life of the center.


Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program provides a unique three-week training program on the Stanford campus for practitioners from the developing world to connect, exchange experiences and receive academic training to enrich their knowledge and advance their work. The program has an active alumni network of over 230 members from over 60 developing and aspiring democracies worldwide and provides a unique set of activities and offerings to the alumni community.


Program on Social Entrepreneurship

The Program on Social Entrepreneurship integrates the on-the-ground experience of social entrepreneurs from around the world with cutting-edge academic research at Stanford University. The 10-week fellowship program brings social entrepreneurs inside the classroom through hands-on learning experiences and allows them a reprieve from the demands of their work as social change leaders.

Student Groups

CDDRL engages with a number of undergraduate student organizations who are exploring themes and regional issues aligned with the Center's own research agenda. In this capacity, CDDRL serves as a resource for strategic mentorship, event co-sponsorship, and general guidance for students interested in international affairs. To learn more about some of the student-led organizations CDDRL works closely with throughout the academic year please click here.


To view a list of upcoming and current courses offered by CDDRL faculty and affiliates please click here.

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