top of page

Stanford Undergraduate Fellows Program

What is it?

The Zephyr Institute’s Stanford Undergraduate Fellows Program is a seminar series for Stanford undergraduates that address a range of themes in the humanities, including literature, history, philosophy, and politics. The Fellowship provides intellectually curious and highly motivated students with a chance to pursue their passion for examining life’s big questions beyond the ordinary structure of the university classroom. 


Throughout the year, undergraduate fellows participate in several rigorous instructor-led seminars and 1 day-long intellectual retreat. They work through texts and ideas that provoke them to enrich their studies, pursue truth, and lead better lives. The Undergraduate Fellows Program also fosters lifelong habits of learning, providing fellows with opportunities to continue their intellectual pursuits even after they graduate. Upon completing the program, undergraduate fellows join the wider Zephyr intellectual community. They are invited to participate in special lectures, conferences, and masterclasses.


Admission is competitive and considered at the start of the fall quarter. Seminars include dinner, and run between one and two hours. The intellectual retreats are scheduled on Saturdays. Readings for each seminar (generally a short essay or excerpt taken from a longer work), range from ten to thirty pages. For the intellectual retreats, the readings are roughly one hundred pages. The total time commitment students give over to the fellowship is between eight to twelve hours per term.


For questions about the fellowship, please contact Nathan Pinkoski (

2022-2023 Undergraduate Fellowship: What is Liberal Education?
Oct 22, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT
Stanford University
This fellowship is open to undergraduate students at Stanford University. The deadline for applications to the Fall Term Fellowship is Friday, September 30th. The Fall 2022 seminar will be on October 22 and will be led by Peter Berkowitz (Hoover Institution, Stanford University).
bottom of page