John Gardner Public Service Fellowship 2023-24
The John Gardner Public Service Fellowship provides opportunities for graduating seniors to invest their talent, energy and training in public service. Six fellows, three from Stanford and three from UC Berkeley, are selected each spring. Fellows work full-time for ten months with a government or nonprofit agency of their choice in the continental United States.
Placements are made through a facilitated process during spring quarter. Each fellow is matched with a placement organization and a mentor there who is a distinguished leader in the fellow's field. The mentor agrees to guide the fellow's professional growth and development and to provide opportunities and exposure that exceed what is normally available to a recent graduate.
Each fellow is provided with a $47,000 award. Placements begin no later than October 1 after graduation. The Gardner Fellowship cannot be combined with other awards or employment or be used to start an organization. The fellowship also provides, when needed, health insurance reimbursement; often, this is covered by the placement organization.
To be eligible for a Gardner Fellowship, you must be a current graduating senior or co-term at Stanford University or University of California, Berkeley. Applicants are encouraged from any academic major and from a wide variety of service experiences.
Through SOLO, applicants should submit an application (including uploaded PDFs of their resume and unofficial transcript). Applicants must also solicit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member who is familiar with their college level work, the second should be a professional reference.
Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:
- commitment to public service;
- demonstrated leadership incorporating the Principles of Ethical and Effective Public Service;
- readiness for fellowship experience;
- record of academic accomplishment;
- quality and content of written statements;
The selection committee reviews applications and develops a list of finalists to be interviewed. Awardees must commit by Friday, March 3, 2023. Fellowships traditionally begin in September, October 1 at the latest; placements must be located within the continental United States.
Post-selection fellowship requirements:
Placements and mentors are determined through a deliberative spring quarter process. Gardner Fellows must agree to fulfill the following requirements before, during and after their Gardner placement:
- interview with prospective mentors prior to or shortly after graduation;
- attend orientation sessions held in spring and late summer on one of the two campuses;
- complete a workshop in Principles of Ethical and Effective Public Service;
- design a personal learning plan in conjunction with the placement mentor;
- participate in a mid-year meeting and an end-of-fellowship evaluation meeting;
- write and submit a year-end report and stewardship letters.
- Fellows are also asked to assist the program in future years by recruiting applicants and/or mentors, and by participating in information and training sessions.