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 $32,500 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.
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Apply to be a Gardner Fellow!
The 2019 Gardner application deadline has now passed. Check back in the fall for the 2020 application form. The deadline to apply is usually in February, with interviews of finalists in late March.
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.
For more information about the Gardner Fellowship, please contact program director Terri Bimes.