How to Apply


2020-2021 Fellowship Applications will be available here in the Spring Semester



The Gardner Fellowship focuses on issues of crucial contemporary significance and prepares students for lives of service and leadership. The Program provides 12-15 SAS juniors with a year-long opportunity to deepen their understanding of major global issues, develop strong leadership skills, and take a prominent role in addressing these issues.

Students participate in a two-semester course sequence including an intensive fall seminar featuring guest speakers (Fall 2020 Topic: “Security and Sustainability”) and a spring independent research project completed under the supervision of a Rutgers faculty mentor. Fellows also take trips to the United Nations and Washington, DC, and are provided with scholarship aid and research support. 

Fall 2021

An honors seminar: “Security and Sustainability”


Spring 2021

Directed study: Independent research project completed under the direction of a Rutgers faculty member

Trip to Washington D.C. to meet with elected officials, journalists, and representatives of NGOs

Alumni Network Event: Panels, discussion, and networking with former Gardner Fellows now in post-graduate study or working in non-profits, private sector, and government.

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