Becoming a Fellow

We seek exceptional individuals who:

  • have built a career of major accomplishments (20-30 years) and who now seek to deepen their knowledge and/or embrace new fields.
  • seek to enrich and enhance their life journey through renewing purpose, building community and recalibrating wellness and health
  • wish to undergo a personal transition to new roles with social impact at the local, national or global level.
  • are eager to actively participate in and contribute to the unique learning environment of Stanford University and foster a productive life through intellectual pursuits, programmatic development, intergenerational engagements, and health and wellness activities that are aimed at improving individual lives and the life of communities.

What’s it like to be a DCI Fellow?

A Short Film About the Program and the DCI Experience

Fellows are selected based on how their participation in the program will shape their future life journeys. A record of successful collaborative efforts is considered along with knowledge, skills, and accomplishments. Consideration is also given to the potential of fellows to contribute to the program and the broader global community.

DCI Partners Program

Spouses or life partners of DCI Fellows have the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the program as designated DCI Partners. If a spouse or partner is interested in being considered as a DCI Partner, he or she should complete the DCI Partner Application.

Program Calendar

Stanford DCI is a 12-month on-campus program which follows the Stanford academic calendar. The 2020 class will begin in September 2020 and conclude in August 2021.

Application Process

DCI faculty will review all submissions. Potential candidates will be interviewed in person or via Zoom video conferencing. All applicants for the DCI Class of 2020 will be notified of the final decision at the end of February 2020.

The application cycle for the DCI Class of 2021 will open on September 1, 2020 when the application form will be available on this page. This application cycle will close on December 1, 2020.