Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development

Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development Program (DHSFDD)

Deadline:January 8, 2010
Open to:
interested fellows from developing countries

Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development Program (DHSFDD) is a three-week executive education program that is run annually on the Stanford campus by an interdisciplinary team of Stanford faculty. In 2010, the program will run from July 25 – August 13, 2010.

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The program brings together a group of approximately 28 practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from transitioning countries.  Draper Hills Summer Fellows have been presidential advisors, senators, attorneys general, lawyers, journalists, civic activists, entrepreneurs, academic researchers, think tank managers, and members of the international development community and even a former prime minister, hailing from more than sixty different countries.  The program is highly selective, receiving several hundred applications each year.

Program Curriculum
For three weeks, fellows participate in morning seminars with a team of leading Stanford professors and professional research staff from Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Business, the Economics and Political Science departments as well as the Hoover Institution. The program’s all-volunteer faculty include Larry Diamond, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Chip Blacker, Stanford President Emeritus Gerhard Casper, Avner Greif, Tom Heller, Peter Henry, Erik Jensen, Terry Karl, Helen Stacy, and Allen Weiner.

In the afternoons, prominent American business and political leaders, academics, and journalists talk about their experiences and professions, and fellows lead sessions themselves, sharing insight into how reform progressed (or failed to progress) in their home countries and exchanging ideas for positive change. Program speakers have included Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy; Joan Blades, co-founder of; Marc Pomar, president of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX); Maria Rendon Labadan, Deputy Director, USAID; Judge Pamela Rymer, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Tod Lindberg and Peter Berkowitz, Hoover Institution fellows.

In addition, Draper Hills Summer Fellows also visit leading companies in Silicon Valley, such as Google and eBay, as well as media organizations such as the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, and nonprofit organizations and foundations in the Bay Area.

Fellowship Coordinator
Audrey McGowan
Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 736-4277 (voice)
(650) 724-2996 (fax)
[email protected]
More info HERE

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