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The Opportunity Fellowship

The Stanford Daily Opportunity Fellowship is awarded each volume to Daily staff members (both new and old!) who want to spend more time on The Daily, but who may face financial obstacles to doing so.

The purpose of this fellowship is to replace the need of a student to take paid work that would make the Daily inaccessible to them, thereby creating pathways for more students with financial need to contribute to The Daily.

The 2021 pilot launch of this fellowship was a step toward The Daily’s goal of offering financial aid to all members with need.

The Daily offers Opportunity Fellows a ​$1,500 stipend​ for the volume, with a commitment expectation of at least​ 5 hrs/week (this fellowship is not a job, and students will not need to log hours for it) for the ​~15 school weeks of the volume​. Fellows will be expected to participate in brief, periodic check-ins with a Daily board member and prepare a portfolio of their work from the quarter to help inform the fellowship program’s future.

Separate from this support, The Daily will ensure students have access to the tools necessary todo their work on a case-by-case basis. Note: This is ​not​ a federal work-study program and ​does not​ count toward federal work-study hours.

Feel free to contact The Daily’s Business Manager at [email protected] with any questions about the program.

Applicants are generally judged on the following criteria (subject to change each volume):

  • Existing membership on The Stanford Daily staff (new members welcome!)
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism and contributing to at least one section at The Daily
  • University financial aid eligibility and level of demonstrated financial need. Students who have not applied for University financial aid are not eligible for this award. All else being equal, students with more financial need will be prioritized in award decisions.Applicants must submit the following items via email:
  • A short essay of up to 350 words describing your involvement at The Daily (and/or ways in which you wish to be more involved) and what you hope to get out of the fellowship
  • A copy of your financial aid award letter​ (which will be reviewed by one or more NON-STUDENT members of The Daily’s board and will be kept confidential)
  • Up to 3 examples of work in your section(s) of interest (writing, photos, graphics, tech projects, etc.), possibly including ​but not limited to​ work with The Daily
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