The Lloyd C. Gardner Fellowship provides Rutgers undergraduates with the opportunity to deepen their awareness of global issues and to take a prominent role in addressing pressing social issues through policy, law, business, health, academia, politics and other careers. The Fellowship is a competitive, year-long program for juniors in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and students selected for the Fellowship participate in a fall seminar, a spring research project, and participate in numerous events and trips, including a visit to the United Nations and Washington D.C., dinners with faculty and Fellows, and other informal events. The annual Policy Conference showcases the Fellows spring research and the Alumni Council holds an annual spring event. Fellows also receive a $1000 scholarship and research funds.
John Adams, a graduate of Rutgers College class of 1965, endowed The Lloyd C. Gardner Fellowship Program in Leadership and Social Policy. The program honors Rutgers Professor Emeritus Lloyd Gardner, who retired as a Board of Governors Professor and the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History. Professor Gardner still remains active in the Rutgers community through teaching and scholarship. Mr. Adams took Professor Gardner's course in Recent American History, and remembers him as "one of those professors who instilled in us a lasting intellectual curiosity."
Applications are accepted each spring from rising juniors. The Fellowship accepts approximately fifteen Fellows each year.