Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Gardner Fellows, (from left) Varsha Sarveshwar, Sarah Rigney, and Nicholas Schafer!

Read more about Varsha, Sarah and Nicholas and their placements here.

The John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program selects three Fellows from the graduating class of UC Berkeley and provides each a $35,000 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 can be found here and the deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021.

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 contact program director Terri Bimes: bimes [at]

Meet last year's Gardner Fellows from Stanford. Learn more about past Fellows and their placements here.

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

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.  

Learn more about applying to the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship

Gardner Fellowship Application 2021

Gardner Fellowship Recommender Form 2021

Join us for an informational meeting about the Fellowship over zoom on December 8th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.:

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Profile of John W. Gardner

John GardnerJohn 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.