Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Gardner Fellows, (from left) Varsha Sarveshwar, Sarah Rigney, and Nicholas Schafer!

The John Gardner Fellowship selects six Fellows during the spring semester from among the graduating classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and provides each a $35,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests. Past fellows have been placed at the Department of State, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship. The goal of the John Gardner Fellowship is to encourage UC Berkeley’s and Stanford’s best students to pursue a career in public service.

Each university has its own selection process and deadlines. This site is for UC Berkeley students interested in the Gardner Fellowship. Stanford University students should consult with the Haas Center for Public Service for details on how to apply to Stanford's Gardner Fellowship Program.

For more information about the Gardner Fellowship, please contact program director Terri Bimes: bimes [at]

More to come about this year's fellows and their placements soon. Learn more about past Fellows and their placements here.

Meet last year's Gardner Fellows from Stanford

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Apply to be a Gardner Fellow!

Graduating seniors from UC Berkeley in the current academic year (December or May) who have a strong interest in public service are eligible to apply. We encourage applicants from a diverse pool of students with a wide variety of service experiences. If you are committed to public service and have leadership experience, we urge you to apply.  

Gardner Fellowship Application 2020

Gardner Fellowship Recommender Form 2020 

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Profile of John W. Gardner

John GardnerJohn Gardner earned degrees from Stanford and Berkeley and had an exceptional career in public service. He served under six presidents, most prominently as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Johnson. Learn more about John Gardner.