John Gardner Fellowship

Six 2019 John Gardner FellowsThe John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program selects three Fellows from the graduating class of UC Berkeley and provides each a $47,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship. Past fellows have been placed at the Department of Justice, UN Global Pulse, and California Governor Newsom's office. The goal of the John Gardner Fellowship is to provide meaningful postgraduate leadership opportunities for UC Berkeley’s best students. Applications will open this summer, and the deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2023.

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. 

2023-2024 Gardner Fellowship application 

2023-2024 Gardner Fellowship recommender form 

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 register for our informational sessions:

Virtual Information Session

Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at 4:00 p.m, on Zoom: 
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Meeting ID: 928 4201 1800
Passcode: 103845

In-Person Information Session

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
119 Philosophy Hall, Institute of Governmental Studies

If you have questions about the Gardner Fellowship, please reach out to Terri Bimes,  

Meet last year's Gardner Fellows.

Please sign up here to receive more information on the Gardner Fellowship and Matsui Center and IGS Fellowship and Grant programs.

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Donate to the John Gardner Fellowship!

Help sustain the public service legacy of John Gardner by supporting the Gardner Fellowship at Berkeley. Make a donation today!

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Profile of John W. Gardner

John 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.