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Children's Rights Brasil Summer Fellowships

Fellowship Description

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Handa Center is very pleased to offer two summer 2018 fellowship positions focused on children’s rights in Brasil. These fellowships are directed toward highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in this particular field and geography. This opportunity is intended to enable students to make a valuable contribution in partnership with a relevant organization with the guidance and supervision of Stanford faculty. 


The Handa Center intends these fellowships to be flexible so that students may choose the summer experience that best fits their specific interests within this field. Students are asked to partner directly with a governmental, multilateral, or non-profit organization, or the corporate social responsibility wing of a for-profit business to work on promotion, monitoring, evaluation, or implementation of children’s rights projects in Brasil. Stipends of up to $6,000 are available to students who commit to working full-time (35 hours/week) for a minimum of nine weeks during the summer quarter.

Academic Advisor

All applicants must identify a full-time Stanford faculty member to act as their advisor on the project. The faculty advisor must read and sign off on the student’s fellowship proposal, and mentor the student through pre-departure preparation and post-return reflection on the summer learning experiences. Handa Center staff can also assist with these processes, as well as in helping students identify relevant partner organizations. Students must be in direct contact with the intended partner organization before applying for the fellowship, and be able to demonstrate that someone at the organization is willing to support the student’s work placement.

Though students are encouraged to identify opportunities that meet their specific interests, potential partner organizations might include Childhood Brasil (São Paulo), ECPAT Brasil (Rio de Janeiro), or Human Rights Watch (São Paulo). Portuguese language skills are not specifically mandated by the fellowship, but may be required based on the partner organization’s needs. Also note that students considering posts in Rio de Janeiro should be aware that housing opportunities may be limited owing to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Application Process

To apply, students must submit all of the following:

  • Online application form, including a full proposal for the applicant’s learning objectives and information about the partner organization
  • A letter from a full-time Stanford faculty member from any relevant discipline who will act as your project advisor indicating their support of your fellowship
  • A letter of support from the primary organizational partner for the student’s placement
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A tentative budget (up to $6,000)

The application form is available here and the deadline to apply is February 9.

More Information

For more information, students can contact Program Manager Jessie Brunner at or 650-736-7622. 

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