Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program

Training global leaders working on the front lines of democratic change. IMPORTANT : The 2020 DHSF Program has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application for 2021 will be open in September.

Who We Are

Founded in 2005, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is a three-week training program for global democratic leaders holding senior roles in their respective fields. Fellows live on the Stanford campus and take classes from leading Stanford faculty, visit Silicon Valley technology firms and connect to a peer network of democratic leaders.

The Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2019

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is proud to announce our 2019 Draper Hills Summer Fellows who were selected from among hundreds of applicants for their ground-breaking work to defend democracy.

Stories of hope and resilience

Draper Hills 2019 fellows speak on issues closest to their hearts in the Ted-style talks. Watch them share their stories, share the emotion, be inspired, join the movement.

Draper Hills By the Numbers

2005 Year Founded
350 Alumni
82 Countries Represented
7 Global Workshops Convened

Watch our Fellows' TED-Style Talks

Ibrahima Amadou Niang (Senegal '18)

Ibrahima Amadou Niang (Senegal '18)

Orginally from Senegal, Ibrahima Amadou Niang is the head of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa’s Guinea country office and a creative activist, researcher and published author.

ElsaMarie D’Silva (India, '17)

ElsaMarie D’Silva (India, '17)

ElsaMarie D’Silva is an Indian gender activist. She is the founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) and the president of Red Dot Foundation Global

Svitlana Zalischuk (Ukraine, '11)

Svitlana Zalischuk (Ukraine, '11)

Svitlana Zalischuk talks about these issues in her country from her perspective as a member of the parliament with CDDRL Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama.