Design Fellowship

A 10-month fellowship for faculty to conceptualize a project that leverages their research skills and scholarship to tackle a specific social problem.

The Stanford Impact Labs Design Fellowship (SILDF) is a 10-month fellowship for faculty from across all of Stanford’s seven schools. Every year we work with a cohort of up to ten faculty to conceptualize a project that leverages their research skills and scholarship to tackle a specific social problem. The fellowship includes monthly cohort workshops, one-on-one mentoring from SIL’s professional staff, and a $50,000 grant.

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“This fellowship enabled us to take a step back and critically evaluate what we believe are likely to be actually effective solutions to the social problems we care about.”

The fellowship is designed for any faculty member who wants to establish or expand an area of impact-focused research in partnership with external collaborators. We support design fellows to engage deeply with community, public sector, and policy organizations; identify how their research can best support efforts to address a social problem; and co-design policy or programmatic solutions that are relevant, effective, and sustainable.

Through cohort sessions and one-on-one mentoring, we provide technical support and guidance on how to co-create and implement projects in partnership with external organizations; how to think about the pathway from research to impact at scale; and how to build a team able to support the practical realities of partnership and impact-oriented research projects.

“The biggest accomplishment from the fellowship was being able to define and articulate my social problem and the path to impact.”

To learn more about the Design Fellowship, please contact Sarah Hopwood (shopwood@stanford.edu).

    2022-2023 Cohort

    Nicole Ardoin
    Nicole Ardoin

    2022-2023 Design Fellow; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

    Rania Awaad
    Rania Awaad

    2022-2023 Design Fellow

    Adam Bonica
    Adam Bonica

    2022-2023 Design Fellow

    Arun Gautham Chandrasekhar
    Arun Gautham Chandrasekhar

    2022-2023 Design Fellow

    Allison Okamura
    Allison Okamura

    2022-2023 Design Fellow; Professor, Engineering

    Eujin Park
    Eujin Park

    2022-2023 Design Fellow

    Shima Salehi
    Shima Salehi

    2022-2023 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education

    Mitchell Stevens
    Mitchell Stevens

    2022-2023 Design Fellow

    Elliott White Jr.
    Elliott White Jr.

    2022-2023 Design Fellow

    2021-2022 Cohort

    Claudia Allende
    Claudia Allende

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Economics

    Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert
    Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Professor, Health Policy

    Saad Gulzar
    Saad Gulzar

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Political Science

    Ryan Matlow
    Ryan Matlow

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Ana Raquel Minian
    Ana Raquel Minian

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Associate Professor, History

    Melanie Morten
    Melanie Morten

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Faculty Advisory Board Member; Associate Professor, Economics

    Petra Persson
    Petra Persson

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Economics

    Soledad Prillaman
    Soledad Artiz Prillaman

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Political Science

    Farzana Saleem
    Farzana Saleem

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education

    Rebecca Silverman
    Rebecca Silverman

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

    N. Ewen Wang
    N. Ewen Wang

    2021-2022 Design Fellow; Professor, School of Medicine

    2020-2021 Cohort

    Sarah Billington
    Sarah Billington

    2020-2021 Design Fellow

    Sarah Fletcher
    Sarah Fletcher

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; Faculty Advisory Board Member; Assistant Professor, Engineering

    Tomás Jiménez
    Tomás Jiménez

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; Faculty Advisory Board Member; Professor, Sociology

    Ramesh Johari
    Ramesh Johari

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; Professor, Engineering

    Anne Joseph O'Connell
    Anne Joseph O'Connell

    2020-2021 Design Fellow, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law

    Brad Larsen
    Brad Larsen

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; ​​​​Assistant Professor, Economics

    Irene Lo
    Irene Lo

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Engineering

    Alvin Pearman
    Francis Pearman

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education

    Sara Singer
    Sara Singer

    2020-2021 Design Fellow; Professor, School of Medicine

    2019-2020 Cohort

    Mike Baiocchi
    Mike Baiocchi

    2019-2020 Design Fellow

    Lisa Blaydes
    Lisa Blaydes

    2019-2020 Design Fellow

    Janet Carlson
    Janet Carlson

    2019-2020 Design Fellow

    Antero Garcia
    Antero Garcia

    2019-2020 Design Fellow, Faculty Advisory Board Member

    Lisa Goldman Rosas
    Lisa Goldman Rosas

    2019-2020 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, School of Medicine , Food for Health Equity Lab

    Jeff Hancock
    Jeff Hancock

    2019-2020 Design Fellow; Harry and Norman Chandler Professor, Communication

    Jackie Hwang
    Jackie Hwang

    2019-2020 Design Fellow; Assistant Professor, Sociology

    Steven O. Roberts
    Steven O. Roberts

    2019-2020 Design Fellow

    Ken Scheve
    Ken Scheve

    2019-2020 Design Fellow