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The staff of Ujamaa pose with resident fellow Jan Barker-Alexander during move-in day. Barker-Alexander is 2nd from left in middle. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Resident Fellow Program

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Residential Education strongly believes that living and learning should be integrated, not separate. In the residences we promote an environment that blends formal and informal learning to facilitate intellectual curiosity and personal growth. A key component of this effort is the Resident Fellow program. Resident Fellows, or RFs, are Stanford faculty and, occasionally, senior administrative staff who live apartments or cottages in or adjacent to student residences and act as leaders for their communities.

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Gavilan staff with Resident Fellow, John Barton.
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Learning In the Houses

Resident Fellows work with the local staff to build an environment that synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experience and supports students’ personal development.

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Become a Resident Fellow

Learn more about the process of becoming an RF in one of Stanford's dorms and access the application. 

Stephen Stedman, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Credit Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Primary Roles of a Resident Fellow

Explore the different types of roles a Resident Fellows may experience during the course of an academic year. 

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Resident Fellow FAQ

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the RF role.