Valley Foundation Fellowships


Thanks to The Valley Foundation, the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Population Health Sciences sponsors a paid fellowship program that provides medical students opportunities to work on community-responsive projects that meet community-identified needs in Santa Clara or southern San Mateo Counties.

The Office of Community Engagement has established partnerships with local clinics and non-profit agencies, many of whom have proposed sample projects.  Students may explore this sample list or propose their own.    Applications are selected on a rolling basis.



Applicant Requirements:

  • Be a current Stanford medical student
  • Possess diverse skillsets and background
  • Have a desire to shape the health and wellbeing of local populations and a commitment to social justice

Application Process:

Applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come first-served basis. We recommend applying for the Valley Fellowship the quarter prior to your intended fellowship start date.

On-line submissions here: Valley Fellowship Student Application

Students may pursue a Fellowship project via one of the following three methods:

1.     Contact the Office of Community Engagement to discuss existing projects proposed by community clinics and other community-based organizations. Select and apply to specific project(s) of interest. 

2.     Submit a description of a project that you are already doing in the community or a partner agency with whom you are already involved and want to collaboratively develop a project.   Together with clinic/agency staff and students, The Office of Community Engagement will help finalize projects to ensure that they align with principles of community engagement and include a scholarly component.

3.     Indicate an area of interest or clinic/agency of interest and The Office of Community Engagement will help identify opportunities.

Project Requirements:

  • Address a specific need identified by the community partner (in alignment with principles of community engagement, projects must be rooted in a need identified by the community clinic or agency and not simply created by students without clinic or agency input)
  • Focus on service-learning with clear project and learning objectives
  • Incorporate scholarship, including submitting a literature review and final report


The Office of Community Engagement hosts a Community Health Symposium every January and students are expected to present a poster there after the completion of their project.



The fellowship grants up to $12,000 per student, based on: 

  • Time required for completion of the project
  • Number of months and percentage of time worked
  • Number of hours and length of assignment

Payments are disbursed in two or three installments, depending on the timeline of the project and completion of deliverables. For example, for a 1-quarter long project payments may be made as follows:

Payment 1: Upon start of project, after the midway point when progress report and literature review are approved by the OCE

Payment 2: Upon project completion, after the final report is approved by the OCE

Program Contacts: Nell Curran, MPH email: and Jorge De Luna, MPH email: