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Want to explore an intro-ship, try your hand at research, and get a key course out of the way, all in one summer?

SSFP Overview  FAQs  Important Dates

How to Apply


Priority Deadline:  January 26, 2024

Info Session Recording [HERE]

Course Enrollment and Credit

Students may enroll in one course offered by Stanford Summer Session from a list of approved courses that will be provided. What you choose from SSFP's approved list is up to you. You may want to consider a course that fulfills a WAYs requirement, the WR-2 requirement, a foundational course for a potential major, or something else that interests you.

List of SSFP Eligible Summer Session Courses (coming soon)

Susie Morales


Susie Morales is the Assistant Director for SSFP. Reach out to her with any questions.

Contact Susie

About the Stanford Summer Fellows Program (SSFP)

Want to explore an intro-ship, try your hand at research, and get a key course out of the way, all in one summer? Apply to be a part of the Stanford Summer Fellows! Designed as a residential cohort program, Stanford Summer Fellows brings first-generation and low-income (FLI) students together on campus during the summer between their first and second year at Stanford. During the eight-week program, each fellow will be matched with a half-time research experience for four weeks, and a half-time intro-ship for four weeks. Fellows will also take a summer course for credit and explore community-building events and activities focused on wellbeing. The Stanford Summer Fellows Program will provide full financial support for all participants to enable them to fully engage in this learning opportunity, with summer tuition to cover one course (selected from SSFP's list of approved courses), on-campus room and board for the duration of the program, and programming costs covered by the program. In addition, each student receives a $3,000 stipend.

Experiential Learning

Students participate in an experiential learning project for 20 to 25 hours per week throughout the eight-week program – four weeks in a intro-ship and four weeks on a research project.

In the intro-ship, students develop transferable skills, learn what future career opportunities may be available, and build professional connections. They work on short-term, project-based assignments meant to give them exposure to a particular industry.

The exploratory research projects are a wonderful way to gain exposure to research for the first time, under the guidance of a mentor. Opportunities could include smaller independent research projects, shadowing of existing projects, directed reading and discussion in a field selected by the student, etc.

The purpose of the experiential learning component is not only for students to gain initial experiences in research and workplace settings, but also for them to develop close relationships with supervisors who have an intentional desire to mentor young students as they grow and develop over time, regardless of specific academic and/or career interests. 

The intro-ships and research mentors will be identified by the Stanford Summer Fellows Program. Once accepted into SSFP, fellows will be able to indicate their preferred areas of interest and will be matched with one of the opportunities provided. Placements will be announced in early March.

View past intro-ship opportunities

Important Dates

SSFP EventDate
SSFP Application opensDecember 1, 2023
SSFP Application deadlineJanuary 26, 2024
SSFP Selection notification byEarly February 2024
SSFP Participant confirmation of acceptance byFebruary 2024
Summer Housing sign up opensTBD in Spring
Summer Course Enrollment opensApril 8
Summer Housing sign up with OAE accommodations deadlineTBD in Spring
Summer Housing sign up deadlineTBD in Spring
Move from Spring Housing in to Summer HousingJune 17-19, exact date TBD
SSFP Program datesJune 23 - August 17, 2024
Summer Course Instruction BeginsJune 24, 2024
Last Day of ClassesAugust 15, 2024
Final ExamsAugust 16-17, 2024
Move out from Summer HousingAugust 18, 2024