The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University jointly established the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program in 1985 to encourage new Stanford and UC Berkeley graduates to invest their talent, energy, and training in public service. Each spring, six graduating seniors (three from Berkeley and three from Stanford), are selected as John Gardner Public Service Fellows. Fellows are awarded $27,500 plus health insurance to fund a ten-month assignment with a senior figure in a government or nonprofit agency. In 2003, fellowship alumni established the John Gardner Fellowship Association.
The mission of the John Gardner Fellowship Association (JGFA) is to: