Launched in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Program (DHSF) is a three-week intensive academic training program that is hosted annually at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The program brings together a group of 25 to 30 mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from all regions of... read more
For three weeks during the summer, fellows participate in academic seminars that expose them to the theory and practice of democracy, development, and the rule of law. Delivered by leading Stanford faculty from the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, and the departments of economics and political science, these seminars allow emerging leaders to explore new institutional models and frameworks to enhance their ability to promote democratic change in their home countries.
Guest speakers from private foundations, think tanks, government, and the justice system provide a practitioners viewpoint on such pressing issues in the field. Summer Fellows also visit Silicon Valley technology firms such as Benetech, Google and Twitter to explore how technology tools and social media platforms are being used to catalyze democratic practices on a global scale.
The program is funded by the generous support from Bill Draper and Ingrid von Mangoldt Hills.
Stanford asks all applicants to be prepared to contribute towards the cost of their participation in the fellowship, if they are selected. Typically, this comes in the form of a fellow covering round-trip airfareto the Program. Stanford will pay for accommodations, most meals, and transportation costs during the duration of the Program.
In the past, some fellows have asked their employers to subsidize their travel to Stanford based on the benefits that the training will contribute towards their professional and organizational advancement.
They may also choose to fundraise for these costs after selection decisions are issued in April 2020 . A small travel fund is available for fellows who under no circumstances can support their travel or need to apply for a partial subsidy. Priority for accessing the travel fund will be given based on need, and destinations from which airline fares to California are exorbitant.
The dates for the 2020 Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program are Sunday, July 12- Friday, July 31, 2020.
Applicants are required to participate the entire duration of the fellowship program. They must be sure that they can be absent from their professional obligations during that time and must make a commitment to attend the full program upon acceptance.
The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University invites emerging political, civil society and business leaders from transitional countries to apply to participate in its sixteenth annual Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development from Sunday, July 12, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020.
We encourage all applicants to review the eligibility and selection criteria, along with the application instructions in detail before submitting the application. The application guidelines are a valuable resource and outline the process in great detail. Please read the contents of the guidelines in their entirety before beginning the application process.
The Draper Hills Summer Fellows program uses the WizeHive application system to manage all incoming applications. This system is widely employed by other fellowship programs and should be easy to use. Here are some guidelines to take note of when using the application system:
The system will notify you by email during the following stages in the application submission process: