IDA Undergraduate Fellowship

Applications for this school year (2023-2024) are now open and due Monday October 2nd, 2023 at 11:59pm PST



Applications are now open for this upcoming school year

The IDA Undergraduate Fellowship is a year-long paid program for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, creative disciplines, and academic majors. This fellowship commissions new artwork from students, with the help of a creative community, time for generative art practice, professional and artistic mentorship, and a deepening of social justice principles. This is a three-quarter fellowship with weekly commitments.

IDA does not recommend this fellowship alongside overseas studies in the winter or spring, multiple quarters of major coursework, or multiple leadership commitments.

The IDA fellowship is 8 hours per week running from week 6, fall quarter through week 10, spring quarter.

A typical week:

2-hours Fellow Seminar with IDA staff and Artists
2-hours Studio Time and Group Creative Practice
4-hours Independent Projects




Selection Process

Applications are now open!

Fellows are selected by a committee of staff, arts practice faculty, and IDA's Artist-in-Residence. The process includes a completed application form alongside an interview. Fellows will be announced by week 5 fall quarter and the fellowship begins week 6 fall quarter.

To get involved with IDA, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in:

  • IDA's Annual Spring Course
  • IDA Visiting Artist Courses

To learn more about IDA's upcoming courses click here.

IDA Student Staff Opportunities


In addition to the Undergraduate Fellowship, IDA also has student staff positions available.

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) is hiring 1-2 students to join the Student Community Organizers cohort for the 2023-24 academic year. This is a paid position for current Stanford Students, is part-time (about 4-5 hours per week), and lasts through June 2024 with the option of continuing into the following year.


The IDA Student Community Organizers (or, for short, “IDA Organizers” or “Organizers”) provide external-facing support to the general IDA student community. Organizers bring the spirit of IDA to the student arts experience everywhere at Stanford, online and in-person, liaising between the organization and our community. As IDA is an institution built upon creativity grounded in principles of social justice and service (especially for historically-marginalized communities, i.e. BIPOC, queer, gender-nonbinary, FLI, etc.), this means Organizers work in a long tradition of “peopling” spaces to be more inclusive and abundant for all – from our very home of Harmony House to spaces all across campus.

IDA will also offer a small materials stipend in support of the Organizer’s creative and artistic endeavors. This stipend can be used how you see fit. The pay for the Organizers role is at the top of Stanford's Undergraduate Pay Scale, which determines how undergraduate students are paid for work on campus. 




Selection Process

Applications are now open!


  • Strong values in, commitment to, and willingness to grow with regard to principles of accessibility and customer service;
  • Strong values in, commitment to, and willingness to grow with regard to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice;
  • Willingness to attend student-facing Arts events for an average of 2-3 hours per week;
  • Excitement for being part of and promoting the IDA ecosystem, which includes flagship events, courses, and offerings (e.g. Spring Class, big guest artist events, Fellows artwork showcases), a comprehensive understanding of this ecosystem being a huge plus;
  • Excitement to support IDA’s marketing campaigns regularly through email channels like the diversityarts and su_artsmakers listservs, social media channels, and in-person means (e.g.personal channels, dorm bulletins and outdoor bulletin cylinders around campus);
  • Passion for promoting student community in the IDA ecosystem students via the curation and creation of “soft” engagement opportunities (e.g. open houses, potlucks/picnics, jam sessions, lunch talks);