EPLI Fellows

Each year, the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) creates space for early to mid-career individuals to engage in a professional fellowship as part of the EPLI team in our efforts to both understand and refine philanthropic practice. This role combines both professional practice and academia to provide Fellows with a chance to learn about the mechanics of strategic philanthropy while building their repertoire of skills related to applied research and nonprofit programming.

Fellows are exceptional candidates with diverse competencies including research, writing, user-centric design, online media, education, and the social sciences, with a particular interest in philanthropy and the social sector. 

Fellowships are (up to) one year, full-time, and fully funded (with benefits). They are based at PACS offices on the Stanford campus. For more information on each role and how to apply, see below. 

Candidate Criteria:

Fellowship Candidates must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Up-to 5 (Associate) or up-to 10 years (Fellow) of professional experience in the field of behavioral science, social science, research, design thinking, and/or non-profits/philanthropy. Compensation is based on experience.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational or project/program management skills.


Currently available positions:

Candidates must apply through Stanford University careers portal. 

  • Applications closed at this time. 

Our Fellows

Current Fellows

  • Kathryn Davis
  • Heather Lord
  • Rebecca Shamash
  • Elyse Lee


Previous Fellows

Ayushi Vig

Nina Sun

Sarena Chan

Adi Greif

Paul Gregg

Nik Sawe

Tina Sadeghi

Celina Artusi

Erica Park

Hannah Meropol

Bethanie Maples

Gillian Raikes