2017 John Gardner Fellowship

The Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) is offering 2017 John Gardner Fellowship for seniors graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, in the current academic year.  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. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship and include opportunities across the country, in California’s capital and in local governments around the state. Each six fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend respectively.

The Institute for Governmental Studies, now in its ninth decade, began life in 1919 as the Bureau of Public Administration and is one of the oldest organized research units on the Berkeley campus.


  • Seniors graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, in the current academic year (December or May) are eligible to apply.
  • The Fellowship welcomes applications from any major field of study and from a wide variety of public service experiences. Applicants only need to share a common commitment to public service.
  • Be a US citizen or qualify for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

How to Apply:

To apply for fellowship Program, the applicants can register or log-in on the given link:


Essay Instructions:

In 500 words or less per prompt, answer each of the following three questions to explain why the Gardner Fellowship Program should invest in you as a future public service leader. The selection committee pays particular attention to these personal statements. Please answer all three questions.

  • Essay 1: What issue do you care most deeply about and what are examples of your ideal nonprofit or government fellowship placement? What would you like to learn from a mentor who is an outstanding leader in your field of choice?
  • Essay 2: How does a Gardner Fellowship build on your Berkeley experience and inform your future career?
  • Essay 3: John Gardner spoke of public service leaders as individuals who are optimistic, curious, open, and positive. How would you describe your leadership qualities to a potential placement or mentor?

 Supporting Documents:

  • Applicant must submit single PDF documents which contain all 3 essays, resume, and transcript.
  • Submit contact information for 2 recommenders, one of whom must be a faculty member or lecturer.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

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 $32,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.

Link for More Information:


Contact Information: If you have any question, email at csr-at-berkeley.edu

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