Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and DevelopmentCDDRL Fellowship
Application period closed on December 12, 2011.
About the Program
Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development Program (DHSFDD) is a three-week executive education program that is run annually on the Stanford campus by an interdisciplinary team of Stanford faculty. In 2011, the program will run from July 25 - August 12, 2011.
The program brings together a group of approximately 28 practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from transitioning countries. Previous Draper Hills Summer Fellows have been presidential advisors, senators, attorneys general, lawyers, journalists, civic activists, entrepreneurs, academic researchers, think tank managers, and members of the international development community and even a former prime minister, hailing from more than sixty different countries. The program is highly selective, receiving several hundred applications each year.
For three weeks, fellows participate in morning seminars with a team of leading Stanford professors and professional research staff from Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, the Economics and Political Science departments as well as the Hoover Institution. The program's all-volunteer faculty include; Larry Diamond, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Chip Blacker, Stanford President Emeritus Gerhard Casper, Avner Greif, Tom Heller, Peter Henry, Erik Jensen, Terry Karl, Helen Stacy, and Allen Weiner.
In the afternoons, prominent American business and political leaders, academics, and journalists talk about their experiences and professions, and fellows lead sessions themselves, sharing insight into how reform progressed (or failed to progress) in their home countries and exchange ideas for positive change. Program speakers have included; Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy; Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn.org; Marc Pomar, president of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX); Maria Rendon Labadan, Deputy Director, USAID; and Judge Pamela Rymer, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In addition, Draper Hills Summer Fellows also visit leading companies in Silicon Valley, such as Facebook, Google and eBay, as well as media organizations such as the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, and nonprofit organizations and foundations in the Bay Area.
Meet the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2011
Participants: Eligibility Criteria
This program is aimed at early to mid-career policymakers, academics, and leaders of civil society organizations (such as representatives of trade unions, nongovernmental organizations, the media, business and professional associations) who will play important roles in their country's political, economic, and social development. We anticipate recruiting a group of 25-30 individuals dedicated to democracy, development and rule of law promotion within their home countries (particularly in, but not limited to, the regions of the Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and former Soviet Union).
Successful applicants will be proficient in spoken and written English and will have academic and practical credentials necessary to benefit fully from the course and actively contribute to the discussions. The ideal participant will have extraordinary motivation, at least five years of experience with some demonstrated achievements in a relevant sector of development, and a keen interest in learning as well as sharing knowledge and experiences about his or her country.
Stanford will pay travel, accommodation, living expenses, and visa costs for the duration of the three-week program for a certain portion of applicants. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to supply some or all of their own funding from their current employers or international nongovernmental organizations.
The application period is currently closed. CDDRL will formally begin accepting applications for the 2012 class in the fall of 2011. Check back frequently to inquire about the application deadline and to view our application.
- Apply for the program (online application via applynet.com)