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Applications closed on January 29, 2020
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 $38,000 award. The fellowship also provides, when needed, health insurance reimbursement; often, this is covered by the placement organization. Placements begin no later than October 1 after graduation.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Gardner Fellows commit to 10 months of full-time work starting 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. Placements and mentors are determined through a deliberative spring quarter process. Gardner Fellows must agree to fulfill the following requirements:
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.