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Hackworth Fellowships

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications from Santa Clara University seniors for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics. The goal of the program is to have fellows promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers.

In order to pursue this goal, fellows are expected either to develop their own programs in an area of interest to them or to work with existing programs at the center. These programs can be on as wide a range of topics and use as wide a range of methods as are of interest to each fellow.  

The fellowships are for the duration of senior year and have a stipend of $4,000. Fellowship selections for the next school year are made by the end of the Spring Quarter.  

The Hackworth Fellowships are supported by a gift from Joan and the late Michael Hackworth.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to spend 5 hours a week on Fellowship activities. Fellows are also expected, when possible, to participate in Ethics Center events. Some preparatory work may be required of Fellows during the summer before senior year.


Fellows are expected to be on campus at SCU for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of their fellowship year.


Applications for the Hackworth Fellowships are available at the link provided below. Students should provide along with the application a one-page statement of areas of interest and/or ideas for projects that might be pursued during their year as a Hackworth Fellow.

One letter of recommendation is required from a faculty member.

Students must also submit a transcript. Transfer students need to provide a transcript from their previous college or university as well as their SCU transcript.

The Fellowship is open to students from all majors. However, a demonstrated interest in ethics is a significant factor in favor of an applicant.

A fellow might pursue a program for the year that involves organizing regular meetings of students to discuss topics in fields like technology and ethics or medical ethics or business ethics. Or a student might pursue a program for the year that involves working within the Residential Learning Communities on various topics of ethical concern. Or a student might already be involved in an activity group at SCU and as a Fellow might pursue a program involving more sustained reflection on the ethical values at issue in the activity group's focus. Similarly, Fellows might pursue projects using a wide range of methods including blogs, debating, writing, Webcasts, photography, video, film, etc.

The application period for 2015-16 fellowships is now closed.  Check back this spring.

2015-16 Hackworth Fellows

  • Roshan Rama

    Rama works with community facilitators in the residence halls to create programs on ethics.

  • Kelly Shi

    Shi blogs on ethical issues facing students for the Center's Big Q project.

  • Alexandra Sudomoeva

    Relationships between local landlords and student tenants will be the focus of Sudomoeva's project, a combination of research and video production.