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Gardner Fellowship FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to more than one Haas Center post-undergraduate fellowship?
You may apply to all six post-undergraduate fellowship programs if you are genuinely interested in each opportunity, and able to articulate a compelling and distinct reason why each program meets your goals. The applications must be customized accordingly, i.e. do not submit essentially identical applications for different opportunities. You may be a finalist for multiple fellowships but must be prepared to choose one. Post-undergraduate fellowship awards cannot be combined with undergraduate fellowships.

Do I have to be a United States citizen to apply?
Gardner Fellows must be legally able to work in the United States at the time of their placement, but do not need to be United States citizens. 

Do I have to know what I want to do in order to apply for Gardner Fellowship?
The deliberative process of identifying a placement happens during spring quarter after the awards are granted. Successful Gardner candidates present their strong interest in a particular issue area and type of organization, but do not apply with a particular organization or mentor predetermined.

Do I have to be available spring quarter for the placement process?
While there is some flexibility in our process, awarded fellows should plan to be available to travel to prospective placements late spring quarter and into the summer. 

Can I use the Gardner to start an organization?
The Gardner Fellowship is designed to provide fellows with a unique mentored experience in a established government or non-profit organization. This program design allows fellows to benefit from exposure at the highest levels with a lead organization and distinguished leader in the fellow's chosen field. The Gardner Fellowship cannot be used to start or run an organization.

Does it matter who writes my references?
A successful application presents a complete and convincing picture of you. The purpose of requiring two references is to provide the selection committees with multiple perspectives on your candidacy. Therefore, you should choose references whose perspective on you is complementary, not duplicative. Also, remember that names and titles are not as important as substance, i.e. if you are deciding between a “big name” who doesn’t know you well and a lesser-known person who can speak about your unique qualities, choose the latter. We require that one of your references to be a faculty member at Stanford. 

Why do you recommend meeting with my references before I apply?
To help ensure that you will have stellar references, take the time to meet with your recommenders to discuss your interests in the fellowship and the reasons you are applying. You should also consider providing your recommenders with a copy of your personal statement/essays, resume, or other related materials that will help him/her give a relevant and compelling reference.

How will I know if I get an interview?
When you submit your online application, you will receive information about the interview notification process. Interviews for the Gardner Fellowship are held on campus approximately one month after the submission date.

What is the interview process like?
During the 30-minute interview, you will be asked questions pertaining to your interest in and readiness for the fellowship program. The Gardner Fellowship selection committee is comprised of faculty and alumni.

Can I accept multiple fellowships?
A Gardner Fellowship is a full-time, 10-month commitment. Thus, if you receive additional fellowships, including Haas undergraduate fellowships, they may not be used concurrently. The Gardner Fellowship cannot be deferred.

For more information, please contact Juaquin Sims at the Haas Center.