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. 

On-line submissions here: 2017 Valley Fellowship Application

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

1.     Review the Office of Community Engagement’s menu of sample projects that have been proposed by local community clinics and agencies (see below).  Select and apply to specific project(s) of interest. Note that not all projects are not guaranteed as site needs may change. 

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:

Projects are expected to:

  • 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)
  • Be completed within a three-month period
  • 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 installments: 

  1. After the midway point when progress report and literature review are approved by the OCE
  2. After the final report is approved by the OCE

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