Scholars in Service

Supporting Stanford faculty to take leave and serve the public sector

The Scholars in Service program supports faculty to take a period of leave from the university and embed themselves within a government or nonprofit organization. The program, run jointly by Stanford Impact Labs and the Haas Center for Public Service, provides financial and professional support so faculty can exchange ideas and learn with practitioners so as to generate new research insights and explore practical applications. It is an opportunity for faculty to develop partnerships and gain an in-depth understanding of the policy and programmatic context related to their area of scholarship, thus informing their future research and teaching.

“From a learning standpoint, this time has been invaluable. I know much more about the working and operationalizing of federal policy development."

The program provides salary support for up to two quarters of leave, as well as support for direct travel and housing costs. We also support faculty in identifying a relevant host organization, creating a program of focus for their leave, and offering one-on-one guidance throughout their period of service.

“It’s a fantastic idea and program – I hope the idea diffuses to other colleges and universities as well.”

To learn more about Scholars in Service, please contact Alex Carr (acarr2@stanford.edu).

What Does it Mean to be a Scholar in Service?

Stanford Impact Labs and the Haas Center for Public Service heard from Stanford faculty members Jim Fearon, Gopi Shah Goda, and Ira Lit on lessons from a year in Washington, D.C. embedded in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. federal government.

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The National Mall in Washington, D.C., with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument

2021 Cohort

Suzan Carmichael
Suzan Carmichael

2021 Scholar in Service; Professor, School of Medicine

Jim Fearon
Jim Fearon

2021 Scholar in Service; Professor, Political Science

Gopi Shah Goda
Gopi Shah Goda

2021 Scholar in Service; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Ira Lit
Ira Lit

2021 Scholar in Service; Professor, Graduate School of Education

Anisha Patel
Anisha Patel

2021 Scholar in Service; Associate Professor, School of Medicine

2020 Cohort

Teresa LaFromboise
Teresa LaFromboise

2020 Scholar in Service

Henry C. Lee
Henry C. Lee

2020 Scholar in Service; Professor, School of Medicine

Latha Palaniappan
Latha Palaniappan

2020 Scholar in Service; Professor, School of Medicine