Stanford Undergraduate Fellows Program

What is it?

The Zephyr Institute’s Stanford Undergraduate Fellows Program is a quarter-long, funded dinner 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 quarter, undergraduate fellows participate in several rigorous instructor-led seminars. 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, masterclasses, conferences, and intellectual retreats.

Admission is competitive and considered at the start of the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Successful applicants will receive a stipend, conditional on completing the readings and attending all the seminars. Seminars include dinner, and run between one and two hours. Readings for each seminar (generally a short essay or excerpt taken from a longer work), range from ten to thirty pages. The total time commitment students give over to the fellowship is between eight to twelve hours.

For questions about the fellowship, please contact Nathan Pinkoski (

Future Fellowships

Every term offers a different topic in the humanities. If you would prefer to apply for a different fellowship later in the year that might more closely align with your interests, you can consider the topics below and apply then.